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Maplewood Senior Living Partners with Drexel University for a Four Week Virtual Brain Health Series with Dr. Kristen Betts

Dr. Betts is a Clinical Professor in the Educational Leadership & Management and Higher Education Leadership programs in the School of Education at Drexel University. Her father is a resident at a Maplewood community in Newtown, CT. After eight strokes, cancer, radiation, and open-heart surgery, Dr. Betts used her own studies, looking at mind, brain, and education science to educate and inspire her father with the concept of neuroplasticity and the ability to change the brain.

Neuroplasticity is defined as the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury. The four-week brain health series was inspired by Dr. Betts father and his enthusiasm to share his daughters work with his friends and staff at Maplewood. The series started out as a six week, in person series, and Dr. Betts just expected her father and his friends to show up, but was pleasantly surprised when over 70 residents, their families, and staff showed up to learn about the science and art of changing the brain.

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