Brain-A-Thon for seniors begins Wednesday

EAST HARRIET — The fourth annual Brain-a-thon for Southwest seniors kicks-off noon Wednesday with a brain-healthy meal at the Volunteers of America Southwest Center, 3612 Bryant Ave. S.
The Brain-a-thon is a three-month effort to educate seniors about brain health and engage them in activities believed to ward off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, said center Director Mary Ann Schoenberger.

Schoenberger said Wednesday’s lunch would be followed at 1 p.m. with a discussion about the latest brain research, activities and information on participating in the Brain-a-thon. Over the next three months, seniors are challenged to earn points by completing brain healthy activities, such as taking classes, exercising, socializing or completing crossword puzzles.

The Brain-a-thon ends May 28 with an awards ceremony at Southwest Center. Anyone who earns at least 26 points receives an award for participation, although some seniors earned more than 400 points last year, Schoenberger said.

For more information on the Brain-a-thon and related events, visit www.voamn.org/ or call the Southwest Center at 822-3194.