Club News for June 11, 2013

OLLI Feliciana learns about aging issues

Rob Brouillette spoke about current research in dementia and aging to the Feliciana Chapter of Osher Lifelong Learning Insitute on May 8 at First Baptist Church in St. Francisville.

Brouillette spoke about the Penningtion Biomedical Research Center’s research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. Brouillette has been manager of the Insititute for Dememtia Research and Prevention at Pennington since the program began in 2009.

His research interests include developing new cognitive assessments for the early detection of Alzheimer’s and the effect of physical activity on cognitive decline and aging.

Cathy Troy introduced Brouillette. She and her husband, Al, are enrolled in the Pennington research. Carolyn Douglas and Teresa Simmons coordinated refreshments.

On display were examples from Feliciana Chapter classes such as quilted throws, oil paintings and fossils found at Thompson’s Creek. A digital slide show highlighted photos from classes, field trips and nature walks. Darlene Reaves and Josette Lester coordinated the display.

Republican Women holds education event

Capital City Republican Women held an education forum on May 16 at BREC’s Independence Park.

Elizabeth Dent was moderator. Panel members were Shalanda Judge, Brigette Nieland, Noel Hammatt, Charles Thomas III and Norman Browning. Louisiana Federation of Republican Women Region 6 Vice President Pat Cabral attended.

Woodlawn High School student Katelyn Holmes, 15, prayed and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Baton Rouge Magnet High School student Raheem Allen, 15, recited the preamble of the U.S. Constitution. Both students were given a pocket Constitution.

Using edible plants topic for BHS event

Landscape architect Kyle Huffstrickler spoke about using edible plants to the Burden Horticulture Society’s “Reflections in the Garden” program on May 6.

Using PowerPoint, he showed common landscape plants that can be replaced with edible or fruiting plants that look similar. He explained how herbs and other fragrant plants can be used to enhance the landscape experience through smell.

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