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FGCU Invites Older Adults in the Early Stages of Memory Loss to Participate in Health Promotions Course
1/6/2006

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites older adults in the early stages of memory loss to participate in a 12-week Health Promotions course beginning in January in Fort Myers or Naples to learn about methods of maintaining optimal health.

Topics include physical and cognitive fitness, nutrition, recreation, communication, disease process, depression, coping, and driving issues.

"Providing education early in the course of the disease empowers the older adult student and provides an element of personal control and dignity. The course also attempts to prevent future problems by teaching new habits and lifestyles early in the disease process," said FGCU researchers Linda L. Buettner and Sue Fitzsimmons, who developed the course.

The course is part of an international project being conducted in several cities. The course is a research-based program with proven benefits for people with memory loss. Participants are screened by phone for eligibility and to register.

Deadline to register is Monday, Jan. 16 and the cost is $30 including the course book. Scholarships are available for those who cannot pay. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants at each location.

In Naples, the course begins 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Senior Friendship Center, 811 Seventh Ave. Ingelin Testad, a visiting scholar from Norway, is a Registered Nurse and the course instructor.

In Fort Myers, the course begins 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23 at the Senior Friendship Center, 3600 Evans Ave. Gail Schultz, an FGCU graduate student, is the instructor.

Research associated with Health Promotions is funded by the Retirement Research Foundation.

For more information, media representatives should contact Buettner at (941) 883-2425 or cfpa@fgcu.edu.


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