Cal Poly Humboldt’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will present an online “Brown Bag Lunch Presentation” on Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness with Lynn McKenna, Kim Coelho and Noor Sheppard on Monday from noon to 1:30 p.m.

To register for this free session, go to

Participants will learn how climate change and environmental issues affect the brain and discover ways to reduce their risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease. Information will also be provided on the local Walk for Alzheimer’s and how to get involved. Other topics covered include: identifying the warning signs and stages of Alzheimer’s disease; shared resources and support; what is happening with clinical trials; and how donations are being used to help find a cure.

McKenna is a retired teacher and has been on the Walk for Alzheimer’s committee for six years. She is currently the committee’s advocacy chair and a member of the No. 1 Visiting Angels walk team in the country.

Coelho holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Humboldt State University (now Cal Poly Humboldt) and a master’s degree in community health from Austin Peay State University. She worked for the American Cancer Society for 15 years as a health educator and fundraiser and now works for the Alzheimer’s Association as a community engagement manager.

Sheppard holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in public health (MPH). She was coordinator of the Healthy Brain Initiative in Shasta County and served on the Redding Walk Committee. She now lives in Trinidad and volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association.

After registering for this conference, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the meeting.


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