The Penn Memory Center is now registering participants for the following spring programs:
April 7 – May 28, 2014
Registration deadline April 1
Cognitive Fitness combines facilitator-led brain stimulation exercises to help increase visual and auditory processing speed and improve concentration and attention with strategies to help people compensate for memory loss along with physical, nutritional and emotional wellness lessons shown to be very important for optimal brain health. This holistic approach to creating and adopting healthier lifestyle habits has been proven to help people curb memory decline and maintain independence. The class is delivered in a supportive setting where coaches and participants inspire and help one another meet their goals.
Thanks to generous support from the Barra Foundation, we now have scholarship funds available to help offset the costs for those of whom the tuition is out of reach. To download an application, click here.
For more information, read about Cognitive Fitness here. If you have additional questions or would like to register, please contact Felicia Greenfield at 215-614-1828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caregiver education classes
Tuesdays March 4 – April 8, 2014
This course is designed to help caregivers develop skills to better help their loved one – and themselves – cope with the many changes of living with dementia. Unlike a typical support group, this course offers a specific six-week curriculum. While you will learn some specific techniques to better care for your loved one, this class stresses ways of coping with the personal and emotional challenges you face.
For more information, click here or contact Lisa Burkholder at 215-662-4523 or email email@example.com.
Thursdays April 24 – May 29, 2014
Our spring journaling course begins on April 24 and will focus on the emotional challenges of “decluttering.” Classes will be held on Thursdays, April 24 through May 29, from 10am – 12pm and will be facilitated by Michelina Mucci-Deming, M.S.W., a Normal Control research participant in the PMC longitudinal NACC study.
Ms. Mucci-Deming is a certified instructor in the Journal to the Self ® method of therapeutic writing founded by Kathleen Adams, Director of the Center for Journal Therapy. Ms. Mucci-Deming recently retired from her practice in social work with the purpose of connecting the power and benefits of journal writing to a wider audience.
This journaling course is free to the PMC network and will be held at Ralston House, 3615 Chestnut Street, Room 346.
For more information and to register, please contact Barbara Overholser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-898-8997.
Penn Memory Center Choral Group
No Singing Skills Required!
Wednesdays, 11:00am -12:15pm
January 22, 2014 – April 2, 2014
This is a free program
Music is not just beautiful, it helps cognitive function, relieves stress, and reduces anxiety and depression. Penn Memory Center’s new choral group will focus on proper breathing and singing techniques, learning new and (sometimes) challenging music, and most importantly, experiencing the joy that comes from singing and expressing yourself through music.
Led by Darina Petrovsky, a classically trained musician and doctoral nursing student at the University of Pennsylvania, the group will meet Wednesdays, 11:00am – 12:15pm, in the auditorium of the Heart and Vascular Pavilion (room PHI -106) at Presbyterian Hospital which is on 38th Street at Filbert street. The 12-week program will culminate in a performance of several pieces of choral music. Some of the musical repertoire will include songs in languages other than English to additionally stimulate the mind and thus contribute to successful aging.
To register or learn more information about the program, please contact Barbara Overholser at email@example.com or 215-898-8997.
Do you have a passion, talent, or skill that you would like to share with others?
Research tells us that cognitive stimulation and social engagement are key components to successful aging. The Penn Memory Center is pleased to provide a platform for our patients and community to come together and learn from one another. If you would like to volunteer to lead a book club or a discussion group, teach knitting, lead a yoga class, or share another skill with others at the Penn Memory Center, we are happy to host, promote and provide some administrative assistance to transform your interest into action.
Interested volunteers should contact Felicia Greenfield at 215-614-1828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.