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Have you ever wanted the opportunity to chat with a specialist? Well here is your chance. Why not do it over lunch?

The Coles County Council on Aging in partnership with Senior Education Ministries hosts the Dine With A Doc Program the third Friday each month. This means your next chance is soon, actually, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at your LifeSpan Center.

Dine with a Doc is a free educational program that provides a presentation by a medical expert. This is followed by a question-and-answer session and the resulting discussion always proves worthwhile.

According to dinewithadoc.com, the program was designed to allow older adults to get out of their homes, have fellowship with their peers, extend their financial resources, promote enhanced living, and educate them (from a preventative standpoint) with the goal of improving their quality of life and providing them with the means and knowledge to make an informed choice about their healthcare.

Each month’s speaker graciously donates their time in an effort to listen, hear, and answer your medical questions while sharing a meal with attendees. Various community businesses also participate by donating door prizes or by providing the complimentary lunch for you to enjoy, so they can learn about ways they may help you as well. It has been very well received throughout the community and proven beneficial for those in attendance.

Next week, Dr. Amanda Bramham will speak and answer your questions. Dr. Bramham received a degree in biology from Bradley University in Peoria, completed the MedPrep program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and then earned her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich.

Currently, Bramham is a family practice doctor at Sarah Bush Lincoln Family Medical Center in Mattoon, and is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Don’t miss out and make a plan to attend the next Dine With A Doc session Friday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at your LifeSpan Center, 11021 E. County Road 800N (corner of Loxa Road and 800N). Space is limited and reservations are required and can be made by calling the LifeSpan Center at 217-639-5150. Need a ride? Contact Dial-A-Ride Public Transportation Program at 217-639-5169.

The LifeSpan Center is located at 11021 E. County Road 800N, Charleston. The telephone number is 217-639-5150. Come join us each weekday at noon for “Lunch at LifeSpan.”

Peace Meals, sponsored by Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, are served Monday through Friday at a suggested donation of $3.50. To register, reserve a lunch or learn more, call 217-345-1800.

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