Learn about brain health: Leading expert coming to Mill Race, teach classes about memory

An eight-week program on brain health from one of the nation’s leading experts on the topic will begin with a class Tuesday at Mill Race Center in Columbus.

Dr. Cynthia Green’s offering is coordinated through the Summerville Fellowship with the Pitman Institute for Aging Well at Mill Race Center.

A 2017 Summerville fellow, Calli McNicholas, a graduate of the school of public health from Indiana University, will lead the programs, according to a news release. She is a graduate student in the mental health counseling program at IUPUC.

The first class in the program will be Total Brain Health Memory from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Total Brain Health Memory is a hands-on course that teaches active adults how to improve memory performance. The Total Brain Health Memory program costs $20 and includes the course book, with scholarships available upon request.

The Inaugural Summerville Fellowship is made possible by Columbus residents Gregg and Judy Summerville and a recent grant awarded by The Heritage Fund –The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.

Green, the author of the Total Brain Health program, is a clinical psychologist, author, and one of America’s foremost experts on brain health. Green has spent more than 20 years developing cognitive well-being-style programs that are grounded in science, utilize strategies that work, and incorporate evidence based techniques.

She spoke at the center’s SEEK Conference in September about this issue.

“Having the opportunity to grow and learn with the members at Mill Race Center is something I am really looking forward to,” McNicholas said.

Dan Mustard, the local center’s executive director, said the fellowship is a great example of community partnerships involving the center, the Pitman Institute, IUPUC, Columbus Regional Health and the Heritage Fund.

“Quite honestly, we never imagined the community’s overwhelming support in such a short time,” Mustard said.

To sign up for Total Brain Health Memory: 812-376-9241.