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Brain Health Clinic

Brain Health Clinic


Date: Thursday, July 18th

Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Resilient Living Center
Facilitators: Erica DeFrancesco & Kate Keefe
Cost: FREE


Designed for: This offering is designed for individuals from the community who are interested in learning about prevention or individuals experiencing cognitive change who are interested in learning about how to minimize cognitive decline. Family members of residents are welcome to come!

Open to:
 Individuals from the community with or without cognitive decline, family members of residents

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Program Description: 

Keeping the brain as fit and healthy as we do our body is important to overall wellbeing! Over time, one’s cognitive abilities, such as memory or hand-eye coordination start to decline. Keeping those skills in shape allows you to remain sharp and enjoy your daily life experiences. You will also have the opportunity to exercise and strengthen six major cognitive domains of the brain – memory, reasoning, processing speed, concentration, problem solving, and visual spatial skills!

In this program, you will: 
- Learn about 12 modifiable risk factors for dementia

- Practice exercises for the brain, which are equally important as exercises for your body

- Develop a plan of action to improve your brain health

Facilitator Biography

Erica DeFrancesco MA, OTD/L| Director of Community Education
Erica demonstrates her career long passion and excitement for collaborating and supporting older adults in every project she is involved in. As a master’s level occupational therapist and former professor of occupational therapy at Quinnipiac University, Erica creates innovative compensatory strategies to continually identify and respond to each individual’s learning strengths.  As a pioneer member of The LiveWell Institute, and Director of Community Education, she facilitates and mentors other professionals for Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), designs educational opportunities and partnerships for community awareness regarding dementia, champions Dementia Friendly communities and leads the developing LiveWell initiative, The Empowering Partnerships Network.

Erica is a foodie, an avid reader, and lives with her husband and daughter.

Kate Keefe OTD, OTR/L| Wellbeing Director of Healthy Lifestyle Innovation
Kate Keefe, OTD, OTR/L, Therapy Practice Lead at LiveWell has over 24 years of experience working with persons living with cognitive change related to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. As an occupational therapy practitioner, Kate focuses on discovering the retained abilities of persons living with cognitive change and teaching care partners how to adapt the environment and communication to support their loved one’s best ability to function. 

Kate recognizes the stressors associated with being in the role of care partner. As an OT (Occupational Therapist), she builds awareness with care partners to support their own health and wellbeing by making slight changes to practice self-care and use various stress management techniques.

Kate studied and received her Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) 200-hundred-hour certification in 2007. She has facilitated many yoga classes over the years to support adults and seniors as they explored self-care practices to promote healthy postural alignment, safe movement, and deep relaxation through use of yoga breathing techniques and spiritual exploration.

Thursday, July 18, 2024, 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Resilient Living Center
1261 South Main Street
Southington, CT  06479

Additional Info:
Resource Coordinator(s):
Peggy Johns
860.628.3004 (p)
Kristina Tighe
860.628.3053 (p)
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