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University of Illinois Extension serving DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Counties

Macon County
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: 217-877-6042
FAX: 217-877-4564
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

DeWitt County
8425 Katie Road
Clinton, IL 61727
Phone: 217-935-5764
FAX: 217-935-8932
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Piatt County
210 South Market Street
Monticello, IL 61856
Phone: 217-762-2191
FAX: 217-762-2703
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

News Release

Brain Health Series

Challenge Thinking with Free Brain Health Series for Older Adults

Challenge your brain and stretch your mind by learning about how to take care of your brain throughout your life. Brain Health is a free, interactive four-part series designed to help adults better understand how their brain functions as it matures. This program held throughout August is full of tips and strategies to help maintain and enhance brain function and memory and covers everyday forgetfulness to early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Brain Health will be 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, August 8 to 29 at the Macon County Extension Office, 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd., Decatur. Extension Family Life educator Cheri Burcham will lead the series.

August 8, Hold That Thought: Memory changes as we age, but forgetfulness is common for people at all stages of life. This session will look at the memory process and what researchers say contributes to brain health, as well as strategies for helping with everyday forgetfulness.

August 15, FITS WITS: Keeping your wits fit is more than doing crossword puzzles and word searches. Research shows that brain health is directly related to physical health. People often think more about keeping their bodies fit, but forget their brains.

August 22, Head Strong: Challenging the brain, especially as you grow older, can be beneficial. Join us and explore several exercise strategies such as puzzles and games to challenge the brain and stretch the mind.
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• August 29, 10 Signs – Early Detection Matters: The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as part of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to get the facts. Learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s and separate fact from fiction. This program is presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.
Participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions. Please sign up for free one week before the program at or call 217.877.6042. For more information, contact Cheri Burcham at or call 217.543.3755.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call 217.877.6042.

Local Contact: Caitlin Mellendorf, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness,