Smyrna United Church of Christ

Organized by:
Smyrna United Church of Christ

Participating Organizations:

Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman, State of Oregon – Presenter

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Other
  • Other: Lunch and program

Target Audiences:

  • General Public

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We talked about the positive impact on cognitive well-being of volunteering, and the Volunteer Coordinator for the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman was our guest speaker. We also had all the participants talk about their volunteer activities, and had handouts from the Dana Foundation and the NIH. Thank you for the Brain Games!

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Social Media
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

Phone calls to likely participants

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Emails and phone calls were most successful because there is a personal touch when you call people.


Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • More Mindbogglers!
  • The Mindboggling Workbook
  • Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research Fact Sheets
  • Puzzles: Grades 3-5
  • Puzzles: Grades 6-8
  • Puzzles: Grades 9-12
  • Puzzles: BAW Favorites
  • Puzzles: Successful Aging & Your Brain
  • Brain Briefs Fact Sheets

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • New Fact Sheets
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

Other Downloadable Materials:

  • More on dementia and strategies for improving cognitive health (diet
  • exercise
  • sleep
  • stress reduction
  • managing medication
  • etc.)

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

Your materials are really helpful, and now folks know that March is Brain Awareness Month (we don’t have a specific week), since we have done this for three years now. It’s fun!

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

We have a cook who makes really really healthy food – taking folks away from meat and potatoes to try new things. And this is a highlight of our monthly program that is now in its fifth year – Memory Cafe.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Yes. More info on how to keep your brain healthy? Thank you for all you do!

Contact Information

BAW Website:


Contact Name:

Deborah Patterson

Contact Phone:


Contact Email:

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