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Health care professionals challenge you to 'Cross Train Your Brain'
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Posted: 2009 Aug 27 - 23:17

Educational presentation scheduled Sept. 17

By Jennifer Nessmith

Staff writer

Doctors nearly always encourage their patients to take part in a regular exercise routine for physical fitness. But did you know that there are exercises out there designed to cross-train your brain?

Brookdale Senior Living, in conjunction with Health First Leeza's Place, Health First Aging Institute, Life Care Centers in Melbourne and Palm Bay and One Senior Place invite residents to an educational presentation at the Maxwell C. King Center Rotunda in Melbourne Sept. 17 highlighting brain fitness, said Joyce Kennedy, family care advocate for Health First Leeza's Place.

"People of a certain age are concerned with warding off memory loss," Ms. Kennedy said. "We're reaching out to members of the general public, senior adults, caregivers, nurses, social workers, Baby Boomers and members of the medical community."

Participants will learn the benefits of brain fitness and the many ways to accomplish improved cognitive ability, including physical activity.

"We are pleased to offer expertise and the chance to make a plan on a topic of interest to many older adults," said Joyce Hibbard, executive director of Southland Suites Melbourne. "With this program, we are working together with local health care organizations to provide education and opportunities to the older adults in the greater Melbourne area to start practicing brain fitness and reaping its benefits."

Dr. Kevin O'Neil, director of Brookdale Senior Living and a geriatrician, is the keynote speaker. Dr. O'Neil will give a presentation tailored to older adults with the goal of improving cognitive health and reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other dementias by practicing several lifestyle factors.

Dr. Rosemary Laird, medical director of Health First Aging Institute, will also speak. Additionally, she and co-author Dr. Jamie Huysman, executive director of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, will highlight ways caregivers can keep themselves happy and healthy with tips from their book, "Take Your Oxygen First." Drs. Laird and Huysman will also sign copies of their book during the vendor fair, scheduled prior to the guest speaker presentations.

The event begins with a reception and registration at 4:30 p.m. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Also, several vendors will feature products dedicated to maintaining brain health and fitness.

Cross Train Your Brain is scheduled from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the King Center Rotunda, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. For more information, call Leeza's Place at (321) 951-7118.

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