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Innovations from the Field: The Appalachian Council of Governments’ Brain Health Program

It's World Alzheimer's Month! Learn how this agency teamed up with Clemson University to develop programming for adults living with early to mid-stage dementia.

Each month, we will spotlight a AAA described in past reports. Below is an excerpt from Innovations from the Field: How Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Programs Address Brain Health. Read the publication to learn innovative ways that AAAs are supporting brain health.
 
The Appalachian Council of Governments (ACOG) is the Area Agency on Aging serving six upstate counties in South Carolina. Through a collaboration with a city, county and university, ACOG and its partners began offering Brain Health Club, a program for adults living with dementia. Local volunteers and students from Clemson University helped staff the program, which regularly reached 10 to 11 people with two-hour sessions held twice weekly. Club activities were guided by Alzheimer's Association recommendations for promoting brain health, in combination with research conducted by Clemson University students. Activities included music therapy, art therapy, social interactions and more, described on page six of this USAging report.

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