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Brain health is a no brainer with three-part series for seniors

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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. –Aging, memory, and lifestyle factors all contribute to the health of our brains. Join Illinois Extension for a free three-part brain health series during the month of October.

Throughout the series, participants will learn about the aging brain and what you can do to keep your brain healthy and engaged. Family Life Educator Robin Ridgley will lead the series and explore lifestyle factors that contribute to brain health and share strategies to enhance thinking and help with forgetfulness.

“When people think of health and wellness, they often focus on exercise or proper nutrition,” said Ridgley. “While those are important, your brain health is equally vital in your overall health and wellbeing, especially as we age.”

The free programs will be held on the following Mondays at 1 p.m. The full schedule includes:

  • October 16 - Head Strong: Exercise Strategies to Enhance Memory and Thinking
  • October 23 - Hold That Thought! Explore Strategies for Forgetfulness
  • October 30 Fit Wits: Keep Your Brain Healthy and Engaged

The brain health series will meet at the Pinckneyville Community Center at 203 North Walnut, Pinckneyville, IL 62274. The programs are free, but registration is encouraged. Call (618) 357-2126 or visit

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact Robin Ridgley at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your needs.

WRITER: Heather Willis, marketing and communications coordinator,, (618) 357-2126

SOURCE: Robin Ridgley, family life educator,, (618) 993-3304

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Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities. Illinois Extension is part of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.