Free Memory Skills Workshop To Be Held May 23

By Ben Boulden

The forum will be held 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, at 1600 W. 40th Avenue in Pine Bluff. For more information or to register, please call 870-879-1440. The program is sponsored by UAMS’ South Central Center on Aging and the Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Presented by Patti Celori, executive director of the New England Cognitive Center, this workshop will provide an overview of memory changes associated with aging, how to prevent or slow cognitive decline, and methods to increase memory skills.

The New England Cognitive Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and dissemination of innovative, evidence-based cognitive training programs. Celori has over 20 years of experience as a professor and administrator including the development of the Mind Aerobic Suite of Cognitive Programs focused on translating fundamental learning principles into effective programs designed to improve memory and overall cognitive function.

The UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging serves the needs of an aging generation with the highest standards of research and care. It was established through a 1997 gift of $28.8 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and expanded through a 2009 foundation gift of $33.4 million. Within the institute is the Arkansas Aging Initiative (AAI), created from part of Arkansas’ share of the Master Tobacco Settlement to improve the health of older Arkansans through interdisciplinary clinical care and innovative education programs, and to influence state and national health policy. The AAI created seven Centers on Aging throughout the state to provide senior adults access to quality care within a 60-mile drive from their homes. These centers offer the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program so older adults might have more opportunities to remain at home.