More than six million people in America have Alzheimer’s disease, including nearly 600,000 people living in Florida. Racial and ethnic minorities are at an even greater risk of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.
To educate the public on ways to improve brain health and reduce the risk of memory loss, Mayo Clinic and The Bethel Baptist Church will hold a community event open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 6 at the downtown church titled: “Pathways 2 Brain Health.”
“African Americans are twice as likely as white Americans to develop Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and we believe it’s important to promote brain health to reduce the risk of memory loss and promote healthy aging,” says Gregory Day, M.D., a neurologist with the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer Disease Research Center. “Our goal is to provide attendees with an understanding of brain health and memory loss, and practical strategies for reducing the risk of memory loss and improving the quality of life for those living with memory disorders.”
Attendees will receive information on the latest research and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders. They will learn from leading experts in brain health, aging, and caring for a loved one with memory loss. Topics include:
- Proactive brain health for all ages
- Strategies for maintaining brain health and reducing the risk of memory loss
- Understanding brain health
- What is dementia, and is it reversible?
- Risk factors for memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease
- Caregiving techniques for those living with memory loss
Brain health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, yet many people need to be aware of the steps they can take to promote brain health and reduce the risk of memory loss.
“For far too long, the issues of the brain and its health have not been a priority in the African American community,” says Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr., senior pastor of The Bethel Church. “I am thankful that Mayo Clinic will partner with us to bring attention to brain health so that our resilience begins with healthy streams of consciousness that result in health and wholeness in our living.” For visit the links below:
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