October 13, 2010
individuals to be proactive about brain health.
Individuals of any age will be challenged to take steps towards good brain
health when Parrish Medical Center hosts the “Brain Game Challenge” on Sunday,
November 14 from 2–4 p.m. in the PMC conference center, 951 N. Washington Ave.,
Titusville, Fla. No reservations are required.
This free event
is a collaborative partnership between Parrish Medical Center, Brevard
Alzheimer’s Foundation, Benton House, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
The partnering agencies are working together to provide the community with
information, education, resources and support to those affected by, or
caregivers for, loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
"We are very
excited to bring this event to the North Brevard community. Both my parents had
Alzheimer’s disease, so this cause is near and dear to my heart," said Dr. Pat
Manning, PMC and Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation board member.
The Brain Game
Challenge is designed for people of all ages, abilities and interests. Attendees
can participate in puzzles, logic and memory games. Educational materials on how
to make healthier lifestyle choices will also be
The event is
part of an initiative sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA),
a national nonprofit organization composed of 1,400 member organizations that
provide hands-on support to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related
dementias and their families.
“It is never
too early or too late to build up good health habits, including brain health,”
said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer. “This event is
designed to show that the path to successful aging can be both educational and
the Brain Game Challenge around the concept that flexing and stretching your
brain, just like flexing and stretching other parts of your body, is critical
for a successful aging workout. So much so that experts suggest that people of
all ages exercise both their brains and bodies on a daily basis. Research
suggests that regular mental workouts may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s
disease or other memory disorders by enhancing cognitive reserve, stimulating
growth of new brain cells, and maintaining or strengthening connections between
Alzheimer’s disease, which results in loss of memory and other intellectual
functions, affects as many as 5.1 million Americans. The incidence is expected
to increase dramatically in line with the nation’s aging population; advanced
age is the greatest known risk factor. In Brevard County, 20 percent of the
population is over age 65—a higher percentage than any other Florida county or
the U.S. in general. Alzheimer’s disease is the seventh leading cause of death
in the United States.
Solutions can connect you to information, community resources and support for
seniors, their families and caregivers. Call 321-268-6800, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.parrishmed.com.