Lifelong Decatur Third Thursday Series: Healthy Brains, Healthy Emotions


Healthy Brains, Healthy Emotions

Lifelong Decatur Third Thursday Series

Thursday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.

Decatur Recreation Center

231 Sycamore St.


Feeling sad, blue, blah or having lost interest in activities or pleasure in life is not a normal part of aging. Always feeling anxious and worried is also not a normal part of aging. Growing older certainly has its challenges. Living with chronic health conditions can affect the brain and as a result affect ones mood, emotions and memory. Learning how to take care of your brain and obtaining treatment when necessary can significantly improve one’s quality of life.


Lifelong Decatur’s Third Thursday series presents a discussion on this topic led by Eve Heemann Byrd, MSN, MPH, FNP.BC, Executive Director of the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression.


Can’t make it to the discussion? Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression/ Emory University’s Division of Geriatric Psychiatry provides a comprehensive continuum of geriatric “brain health” services for its patients. Call Cathy T. Rambach at 404-728-4558 or visit for more information.


For information on the Third Thursday series or to suggest future topics, contact, Lee Ann Harvey, Lifelong Community coordinator, or 678-553-6548.

Two Local Run/Walks This Weekend

running.wsThere are two local 5k Run/Walks this Saturday, August 23.

Bill Adams, one of our Active Living Board members, invites Decaturites to  participate in the 12th Annual Adams Realtors Run for the Park. Help them kick off the Summer Shade Festival… all proceeds will benefit the Grant Park Conservancy. For more information and to register, click here.

On Saturday evening at 7:30 PM, the Beacon of Hope Pregnancy & Relationship Resources presents the first Reflect Hope Twilight 5k Run/Walk in downtown Decatur. The event includes a 1 mile fun run. For more information and to register, click here.

Time to get your run on!!


Healthy Monday: Count on Your Community

healthy monday headerMany community centers, schools, offices, universities and places of worship offer free or low-cost classes, intramural sports and gym memberships. These resources are an excellent way to meet people, try something new and fit fun activity into your routine.   Search your local newspaper, newsletters, bulletin boards and parks guides this week for a fun event that you can add to your schedule. Try a new activity and you may discover a great way to get moving!

Check out the Playbook for very affordable classes at the Decatur Recreation Center. The Fall issue will be out early September and will feature 30+ new and returning classes including Yoga, Aerobic Exercise, Baby Boot Camp, Senior Aerobics, Zumba, Watercolor and Tea, Nia Dance, Internet for Seniors, CApoeira for Women, and much, much more.

A full listing of classes can be found here.

Safety Tips for Bicyclists


The weather is almost perfect for dusting off the bike and hitting the road. Here are some safety tips to consider before heading out:

Always Ride with Traffic and Follow the Rules of the Road

  • You are better off riding with the flow of traffic, not against it.
  • You are more predictable and visible to motorists, especially at intersections and  driveways
  • Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars, and use hand signals when turning and stopping
  • Obey traffic signs, signals, and lane markings and yield to traffic when appropriate, including pedestrians.

Don’t Ride on the Sidewalk!!

  • Although you might think it is a safer option, motorists are simply not looking for bicyclists on the sidewalk, especially those riding against the flow of traffic.
  • At very driveway and intersection, you are at greater risk of being hit by a motorist than if you were riding on the road wtih traffic.
  • Pedestrians will thank you for riding on the road as well
  • Ride on the trail, paved shoulder, bike lane or bike route. You still need to follow the rules of the road and watch out for your fellow travelors. Ride to the right, signal your turns, obey traffic signs and signals.

Be Predictable and Visible

  • Try not to be hesitant or do things that motorists and other travelers may not be expecting
  • Make sure everyone can see you and knows where you are and where you are going.
  • If riding in the dark, use headlights, taillights and reflectors and wear reflective materials and brightly colored clothing.
  • Do not wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while bicycling.

Watch for Turning Traffic

  • Most car/bike collisions happen at intersections and driveways when motorists or bicyclists are turning
  • At every intersection and driveway, keep a careful eye out for motorists turning right in front of you – you may be going faster than you think. Also, look for motorists turning left across your path. Drivers are looking for gaps in traffic and may not be paying attention to anything other than other motor vehicles.


Wear a helmet!!

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Safety Tips for Bicyclists, from Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center.




Third Friday Fun Bike Ride This Friday, August 15

3 Friday ridersJoin Decatur Active Living for the Third Friday Fun Bike Ride this Friday, August 15. Meet at the Church Street MARTA Station and be ready to ride at 6:30 PM. This month we will ride through Agnes Scott College, catch a PATH to Oakhurst, ride to Kirkwood and return to Decatur via the PATH – a total of only five miles. Then we will head to a local watering hole for refreshments.

This is an all-levels, no drop casual ride. Good for beginning as well as experienced riders.

Helmets are required. No ride if raining.

For more info, contact or check out the Meet-up here and RSVP.

There is a New Race in Town!



Reflect Hope is a new race in town. Get ready to run or walk at night on Saturday, August 23. The event begins at 7:30 pm and begins and ends at Decatur High School. The race benefits Beacon of Hope Pregnancy Center.

For more information and to register, click here.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

walking.joanne.compBe Safe and Be Seen: Make yourself visible to drivers

  • Wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials.
  • Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
  • Cross the street in a well-lit area at night.
  • Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars, or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.
  • Click here for Bright at Night!

Be Smart and Alert: Avoid dangerous behaviors

  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Stay sober; walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck.
  • Don’t assume vehicles will stop. Make contact with drivers, don’t just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, he or she may not be paying enough attention to drive safely.
  • Don’t rely solely on pedestrian signals. Look before you cross the road.
  • Be alert to engine noise or back up lights on cars when in parking lots and near other on-street parking spaces.

Be Careful at Crossings: Look before you step

  • Cross streets at marked crosswalk or intersections, if possible.
  • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON’T WALK signs.
  • Look left, right, and left again fefore crossing a street.
  • Watch for turning vehilces. Make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.
  • Look across ALL lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Even if one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you.
  • Don’t wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while crossing.




Safety Tips for Pedestrians, from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Healthy Monday: Put A Healthy Twist on Your Favorite Food

healthy monday headerYou shouldn’t have to deprive yourself of comfort foods to stay healthy! In moderation, healthier versions of your favorites can be part of a healthy lifestyle. It can be as easy as changing an ingredient or using a different cooking method. This week, swap out for a healthier alternative in your favorite comfort dish. Try using applesauce instead of oil next time you bake for example.

For more information on staying healthy, visit for lots ideas.

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Attention Walkers: Join Us For a Meet and Greet

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Decatur Active Living is working with the Live Healthy DeKalb Physical Activity Action Team and would love to have all of you walkers or those interested in starting walking groups join us for this meet and greet.

  • Meet other walkers
  • Get information on walking groups in the county
  • Sample some nutritious “treats”
  • The first 50 people to arrive will receive  a special gift!

Please RSVP to or 404-508.7847.

We hope to see you there!

Mark your calenders for November 1 – we will be hosting a community walk at Arabia Mountain. Time TBD.



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