“Healthy Habits for a Healthier You” is the topic of a program to be presented by Mark Pechenik, Director of Community Outreach and Engagement, Maine Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association, on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, at the Bethel Congregational Church, Church Street, Bethel. The program is sponsored by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College.
Pechenik spoke on a well-received topic, “The Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s,” at a To Your Health program last fall, and his program on “Healthy Habits for a Healthier You” will discuss steps one can take that might reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. He said, “When people think about staying fit, they generally think from the neck down.” He added that the health of one’s brain plays a critical role in almost everything one does: thinking, feeling, remembering, working, playing and even sleeping. The good news is that emerging evidence suggests there are steps one can take to help keep the brain healthier as one ages. This program will offer the best and most up-to-date information available about brain health so people can make their own decisions about their overall health.
Pechenik has served with the Maine Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association, for the past two years. He is responsible for developing essential connections between the Maine Chapter and the Maine community. He manages the Chapter’s Early Stage Social Engagement Program, which offers healthy fun and meaningful social activities that enhance the lives of those living with early stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. His background includes positions as Executive Director for the North Attleborough Council on Aging in North Attleborough, Mass.; Director of Communications for Hillside School in Marlborough, Mass.; and Executive Director of the Hope Center for Cancer Support in Providence, RI.
The program is sponsored as a community service by To Your Health of WMSC with the collaboration of the Bethel Family Health Center, MSAD#44/Continuing Educating and the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. The program is open to the public and admission is free. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Rosabelle Tifft at 824-2053.