Aging Well, Brain Fitness in Focus at OPRS: Add Life to Your Years

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Author, speaker shares strategies for successful aging at 7 Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services communities.

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Speaker Barbara Bruce

You are never too old or too young to age well and will learn changes you can make to your daily habits that have the potential to add not only years to your life — but life to your years.

An acclaimed author and speaker, Barbara Bruce, will share strategies for successful aging and brain fitness in seminars scheduled for seven Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS) communities this fall.

As Ohio's largest and most experienced provider of continuing care retirement communities and senior living services, OPRS' experts know the importance of aging well and maintaining a sharp mind.

Barbara Bruce, an acclaimed author, educator and speaker, will bring two program topics to seven OPRS communities this fall. Bruce will talk about either the critical components of successful aging or brain fitness at each visit.

Bruce's "Mental Aerobics" and "Successful Aging" seminars both are designed to help participants develop a skill set necessary for aging well. She says that skill set includes mental and physical exercises, life review, creative and critical thinking, folk wisdom and humor.

"You are invited to learn about why and how your lifestyle plays such a critical part in how you age — knowledge that may alter your life," says Bruce. "You are never too old or too young to age well and will learn changes you can make to your daily habits that have the potential to add not only years to your life — but life to your years."

During the September "Paths to Successful Aging" tour, Bruce will share insight gained through years of research as she suggests simple (but not always easy) ways attendees can guide their own aging journey.

"It's our mission to create opportunities to enhance the spiritual and mental well-being of our residents, families and churches we partner with in the community,” says Anne Johnson, associate vice president for Mission & Outreach at OPRS. "Barbara brings a wonderful perspective that we all may apply on this journey called 'life.' "

Cassie Wolfe, church relations director at Rockynol, where Bruce will visit Tuesday, Sept. 10, adds that Bruce uses practical examples to demonstrate how to exercise the mind and keep the brain in shape.

Barbara's passion is brain fitness, and she combines her life experience and knowledge of brain research to truly energize her audiences, Wolfe says.

For more information on OPRS' Paths to Successful Aging Tour and to view all dates, click here. To register for an event or to learn more about OPRS' 11 retirement communities, visit or call 800-888-7800.

ON-DEMAND PODCAST: Click here to listen to Journey Through Aging Host Joel Wrobbel talk about Bruce and the upcoming tour on his Saturday morning radio program.

About Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services:
Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS) serves more than 90,000 people annually through its wholly owned subsidiaries OPRS Communities and Senior Independence. OPRS Communities operates 11 retirement communities. Senior Independence provides home and community based services, operates 11 adult day centers and manages six senior centers, in partnership with local governments. In addition, Senior Independence services are extended nationwide through its iPartners. Another wholly owned subsidiary, the OPRS Foundation raises several million dollars annually to support charity care, special programs, capital expansion and endowment.

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