Pilot Club hosts brain health series


Focusing on their mission of brain health, the Pilot Club of Quitman is hosting a free series devoted to preventing and treating brain related disorders and conditions. These will be held each Wednesday in April at the Quitman Library at 202 E. Goode St. from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch to enjoy during the program or purchase from a local restaurant partner in coordination with the club. Lunch ordering instructions will be on the club’s website, https://quitmanpilot.org/.

The schedule for the topics follow:

Wednesday, April 5, Adopting a Lifestyle for Brain Health: Lifestyle in mid-life onward can impact risk factors for dementia. Early dementia diagnosis has benefits. Presenter is Andrew Schmitt, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine, psychology section chief, director of neuropsychology. Lunch  available through Your Appetites.

Wednesday, April 12, Legal and Financial Planning for Elders: Common legal issues to be aware of when caring for a loved one with dementia. This will be an interactive discussion, so bring legal questions. Presenter is Kline Pillow Ross & Shoalmire Elder Law Attorneys, PLLC. Lunch will be available through Rockin S&S Grill. 

Wednesday, April 19, Debunking Myths about Adult Mental Illness: The program  will highlight the myths and facts about common mental health disorders and experiences, including anxiety and depression. Topic will include suicide awareness and prevention information. Presenters will be Mari Gutierrez (MS, LPA-I) and Nicholas Bennie (MA, LPC)  of the Andrews Center. Lunch will be available through Speakeasy Coffee House.    

Wednesday, April 26, Youth Mental Health within the Community: The topic will be on a child’s interactions with family members, community members and at school and reducing the likelihood of out-of-home placement by having the ability for youth to receive services in their own communities. The presenter will be Dawn Butterfield, Children’s Mental Health Case Management and Skills Training Unit, Andrews Center. The lunch partner is pending.