Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 24, 2014
Free forum to discuss brain fitness, fraud and social security issues this Saturday

Interest in physical fitness is high among locals, but an upcoming forum aims to convince Tooele County residents to keep their brain’s fitness in mind.

AARP and the Tooele Senior Center will host Kevin Duff, an associate professor with the Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research at the University of Utah Brain Institute, this weekend for a free Saturday seminar on aging, memory loss and longevity.

Duff will go over normal, age-related memory loss, as well as early signs of dementia and ways to slow the progress of memory loss disorders, said Laura Polacheck, communications director for AARP Utah.

“It’s normal — everyone has some degree of memory loss,” she said. But forgetting certain common things, such as family members’ names or getting lost in familiar places, are warning signs that something more than aging may be at play.

Engaging in physical, cognitive and social activities can help stave off the effects of both age-related memory loss and dementia, Polacheck said.

The forum will also include presentations on fraud prevention and social security, and lunch will be provided to all attendees.

Typically, AARP Utah hosts two to four of these free, educational forums across the state each year, Polacheck said, but it has been some time since the forum made a stop in Tooele County.

“We’re very excited to bring this back to the area,” Polacheck said, adding that locals have responded with enthusiasm — 60 residents have already registered.

The forum will take place this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Tooele Senior Center, 59 E. Vine Street, Tooele. Registration is requested, but not required. The event is free to all residents who would like to attend. Those interested in attending may pre-register by calling 1-877-926-8300 or online at aarp.cvent.com/AARPUTSSTooele. 

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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