Healthy Aging Education Series
As part of our mandate to promote healthy aging and minimize risk of declining brain health in our community, various topics will be covered as part of our Healthy Aging Education Series, including those discussing mental health, sleep, physical activity, diet, and stress management.
Please check back regularly for our updated schedule as talks are posted.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Stress is a reaction to a real or perceived threat. We feel stress for both protection and motivation – it is a part of being human. While stress is unavoidable, sometimes the amount of stress we feel can be overwhelming and may hinder our ability to function and effectively utilize our thinking skills. Chronic stress can impact the way that our brain functions and can lead to increased risk of illness or disease.
Mindfulness involves being 100% present in the moment by paying attention to one’s present experience with open curiosity and a willingness to be with what is. It involves a blend of meditation and body awareness, and acceptance of the present moment with compassion and loving kindness. There is growing evidence demonstrating that regular mindfulness-based practice can lead to improved stress management ability, as well as positive functional and structural changes in the brain. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction has also been shown to be particularly helpful for managing anxiety, depression, and pain. Developing stress management skills can help us handle and bounce back quickly from challenging situations and life circumstances, as well as maintain our mental, cognitive, and physical health.
Goal Management Training
Goal Management Training (GMT) is validated, structured program to improve executive functioning in adults, which can naturally decline with age. Through psychoeducation and evidence-based skills training, clients will develop a better understanding of how to maximize their executive abilities, including, goal planning, organizing, prioritizing, and achievement, as well as effectively utilizing attentional resources.
Anyone interested in learning about attention and strategies to support their executive skills is welcome to participate.
Memory and Aging Program
The Memory and Aging Program is a 5-week education and intervention program developed for adults who are experiencing normal age-related memory changes. Through instructor-led discussions, in-class exercises, and evidence-based strategies, participants gain a better understanding of how memory works and tools to better manage their memory function.
Anyone interested in learning about memory and strategies to support their memory is welcome to enroll. This program is not intended for individuals who have been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, or any other condition with a significant impact on memory.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, all group programming is currently suspended. However, services may be tailored to individual client needs.