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National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Midvale Senior Center Hosts Brain Health Presentations and Support Group

Post Date:10/15/2019 12:06 PM

Most people don’t start thinking about brain health until they get older and start to have some memory loss; but there are many things we can do to keep our brain as healthy as possible throughout our lifetime. 

According to the World Health Organization, there are six pillars of brain health that can help us sustain good brain function and cognitive fitness into old age. The six pillars are: 

  1. Eat a plant-based diet like a Mediterranean diet which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, unsaturated oils and plant sources of proteins.
  2. Exercise regularly by walking 30 minutes a day, participating in an exercise class or swimming.
  3. Get enough sleep. A key to keeping our brain working is to shut it off for 7–9 hours a night.
  4. Manage stress by doing meditation, yoga or Tai Chi.
  5. Nurture social contacts by spending time with others, engaging in stimulating conversation, and staying in touch and connected with family and friends.
  6. Continue to challenge your brain by trying new things like learning to paint, learning a new card game or taking classes.

The Midvale Senior Center (7550 S Main Street) will be hosting the following Brain Health Presentations and Support Group:  

Brain Health — Tuesday, November 12, 10:30 a.m. 

Jewish Family Services will define words like dementia, Alzheimer’s and stroke, help us learn about our risks, and what programs can help us now. 

Alive Inside Documentary — Friday, November 15, 9:30 a.m.

This documentary chronicles the experiences of individuals who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. 

Alzheimer Care Giver Support Group — Meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m.