Emanuel County, keep your brain in the game


National Brain Awareness Week is coming up, so Georgia Memory Net, the Department of Public Health, and Alter decided to host their first ever brain awareness event right here in Emanuel County. The free family-friendly event is happening on Saturday March 11th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Emanuel County Health Department, which is located at 50 Highway 56 North, Swainsboro, Georgia 30401.

The event offers a variety of fun and informative experiences, including face painting, a kids’ art station, free popcorn, a booth by the Franklin Memorial Library, a fire truck onsite, and a prize giveaway. There will also be multiple opportunities to learn about your personal health, including free memory screenings from the experts at Alter, blood pressure screenings, a virtual dementia tour, and free flu shots provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health. The Area Agency on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association will also be hosting informative booths.

The event’s co-host, Georgia Memory Net, is the statewide program dedicated to earlier diagnosis and customized care plans for Georgians living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. You can visit the network’s website at GaMemoryNet.org. Georgia Memory Net has previously partnered with Emanuel County’s Health Department to provide telehealth Alzheimer’s diagnosis appointments to local residents, a service that would previously have only been available in large cities like Atlanta.

The event’s second co-host is Georgia’s Department of Public Health, our state’s department dedicated to promoting health and well-being for all Georgians.

The third co-host is Alter, a program that trains and inspires predominantly African American churches and faith communities to be more dementia friendly. You can learn more about their organization, and how to become a partner, at AlterDementia.com.

Brain health is an important topic for everyone, and this event promises to arm Emanuel County residents with information and resources to help them make well-informed health and lifestyle decisions moving forward.