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The Aging Brain and How We Can Keep It Functioning At A Good Level


with Charlie Plummer

Calendar Feb 8, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 6 weeks


We will begin this course by examining the biological mechanisms that cause the physical deterioration associated with aging. Then we will look at how aging, on a structural level, affects the brain by examining in depth the age-related changes that affect one's memory, attention span, and processing speed related to decision-making.  Last, we will focus on strategies that have been proven to help the brain age more gracefully and keep it functioning well, especially our memories.

Dr. Charles Plummer is a strong believer in life-long learning because studies show that it keeps one's brain functioning at a higher level as we age.  He served as a combat aircrewman during the Korean War and later he was a teacher and principal in Auburn for 32 years. He then was a parent educator for five years for Child and Family Services working with parents who needed to improve their parenting skills to regain child custody.

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Foreign Film Fest (APL)


with Hierstein Beardsley

Calendar Feb 8, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks


LASC will partner with APL to present uplifting films from across the continents. Expect cinematic excellence, breathtaking scenery, and insights into human nature across cultures so different yet so universal.

Mary Jane and Judy have always liked to travel, but when you can't get there in person, visiting through film is the next best thing!

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Embracing Age-Positive: Changing the Conversation about Aging in Maine


with Don Harden

Calendar Mar 7, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks


Class meets every other week: 
March; 7, 21, April 4, 18, May 2, 16; 10-11:30

What we think, feel, and believe about getting older matters!  If we live with positive beliefs about our own aging, research has found that we're likely to live 7.5 years longer than those who believe aging is about disease and decline. Age-positive beliefs also lead to better brain health, and less chronic disease and anxiety.  

So, why are so many of us worried about aging and being old? The answer is ageism, and it’s so engrained in us that many Americans don’t even believe it’s real!  

The Embracing Age-Positive course will talk about ageism and its impacts and explore the effects of age-positivity. Course participants will engage in self-reflection and conversation about their own aging, and develop curiosity and courage to see, name and disrupt ageism. 

Don is a founder of the Maine Council on Aging and coordinates the Power in Aging Project, MCOA’s new anti-ageism movement to build a more age-positive culture in Maine through conversation and action.  He has been affiliated with Catholic Charities Maine for over 43 years most recently as Director of Aging Services and represents the voice of older workers at the State Workforce Board. He serves as care partner with his mother who lives independently and celebrated her 100th birthday this past May.

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