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David Burton
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Springfield, MO 65807
417-881-8909
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burtond@missouri.edu

January 18, 2019


Ash Grove Site of "Boost Your Brain
and Memory" Program from MU Extension


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The MU Extension in Greene County is offering a "Boost Your Brain and Memory: Brain Fitness Class" at the Sunshine Center in Ash Grove.

Participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions to get the most benefit from the program.

Meeting dates are Fridays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Sunshine Center, 310 N Perryman Ave., Ash Grove.

"The class uses a whole-person approach that helps you form new habits to live a healthier lifestyle, remember things better, be more organized, pay closer attention and regulate your emotions," said Renette Wardlow, field specialist in human development with University of Missouri Extension.

Each participant will receive a workbook including memory exercises, tips on nutrition and exercise and summaries of evidence-based research on brain health.

The class aims to help participants implement new habits to maintain cognitive health while also practicing new skills for better memory.

BRAIN HEALTH

"Just as you can control and improve your general physical health with good habits, so too can you improve the health of your brain," said Wardlow. "Boosting your memory and mental agility will improve your brain health and reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease or other dementias."

Although research is finding links between genes and one's risk of Alzheimer's Disease, the exact cause is more likely a combination of genetics and other factors according to Wardlow.

"Practicing good brain health at any age can help stave off the disease, as well as build up your cognitive reserve," said Wardlow.

According to Wardlow, the good news is that our brains can continue forming new neural connections throughout our life cycle. In other words, no matter what your age, your brain health can improve as the internal structure of its neurons changes and as the number of synapses between neurons increases.

"You can boost your brain health by focusing on healthy habits in six areas: heart health, nutrition, physical activity, social engagement, cognitive engagement and stress management," said Wardlow.

CHILDCARE WORKSHOP

A workshop for child day care providers will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 23. University Extension is partnering with Primetime to offer a class on handling difficult behavior and discipline.

If interested in attending call Jennifer Wardlaw, Director, Prime Kids Learning Center (417) 521-3010.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information, contact any of MU Extension's human development specialist Renette Wardlow in Greene County at (417) 881-8909.


Source: Renette Wardlow, (417) 881-8909

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