Series begins with brain health

The Friends of the Council on Aging will begin a three-part weekly series on health Wednesday with “Staying Sharp: Helpful, Effective, and Affordable Ways to Keep Your Brain Fit.” Author, speech pathologist, and neurotherapist Rebecca Shafir will discuss ways to help prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias, how to boost working memory, how stress affects thinking and how to manage it, and drug-free ways to improve concentration. The free presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Room of the Gleason Public Library, 8 Bedford Road. Upcoming topics in the series are “Rheumatology and More,” featuring Dr. Alan Marks at 1:30 p.m. April 17 at the library, and “Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Illnesses,” a presentation by veterinary researcher Dr. Sam Telford at 7 p.m. April 24 at the First Religious Society in Carlisle, at School and Westford streets in the center of town. To reserve a space, call 978-369-4898.