Alzheimer’s Association offering in-person programs

The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter will offer several in-person programs in various locations in January, providing tools for maximizing the health of both the brain and the body.

The program, Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research, is being offered free to the community at the following times and locations:

• 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Mercy Health Senior Wellness Center, 545 Indiana Ave. in Toledo

• 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Leipsic Community Center, 120 E. Main St. in Leipsic

• 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, at Defiance County Senior Services, 140 E. Broadway Ave. in Defiance

Pre-registration is required. To register for one of these programs, call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

“Alzheimer’s and dementia research efforts continually examine brain health, including how it relates to body health,” said Pam Myers, program director for the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter. “This program uses the latest research results to offer practical tips you can put into place in your own life to help maximize the health of both your brain and body.”

The connection between the health of the brain and the body is well known, and now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help keep your brain and body healthy as you age. During this program, participants will learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and will hear about hands-on tools to help them incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy living.

Studies have shown that exercise and healthy lifestyle interventions could help improve cognitive function and quality of life for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a condition characterized by cognitive changes that could increase the risk of developing dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2022 “Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.”

Additionally, physical activity, a healthy diet, and staying socially and mentally active have long been listed among modifiable risk factors that could prevent or delay the development of dementia.

“Putting these habits into place is helpful for individuals of any age, and the new year is a great time to start making lifestyle adjustments to help protect your brain health,” Myers said. “Please join us at the program nearest you to learn about tools you can put into place to improve your health, which can help prevent or delay both MCI and Alzheimer’s disease and all other dementia.”

Those who are concerned about themselves or a loved one can contact the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter at 419-537-1999 to schedule a care consultation and be connected with local resources that can help.