SCHENECTADY– Sheryl Kaplan, LCSW. will speak about ways one can take care of one’s brain with a brain-healthy lifestyle and some simple strategies to improve the ability to learn and remember new things, and how to manage stress in a three-part “virtual” series offered by Congregation Gates of Heaven. The sessions are on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning on March 2 with “Staying Sharp: Strategies for Taking Care of Your Brain. ” The program on March 9 will be  “Staying Positive,” and the series will conclude on March 16 with “Stress-Proof Your Brain.”

The sessions are free and open to the public.

Kaplan is a licensed clinical social worker and a credentialed prevention professional with 30 years of experience providing individual, family, and group counseling for children, adolescents, and adults. Kaplan was a school social worker employed by the Capital Region BOCES for 26 years. During that time, she worked as a student assistance counselor and prevention program provider in elementary, middle, and high schools. Kaplan is now a full-time trainer and consultant who specializes in the application of brain-based research of social work and related professions.

Registration is required, and may be obtained on the congregation’s website at Director of Congregational Jewish Living, Arnold Rotenberg at or 518-374-8173 can provide details.