Wednesday, June 7, 2017

FREE Alzheimer's Lunch & Learn Series wraps-up this week

• Thursday, June 8, at Midland College ATC

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Tomorrow (Thursday, June 8), the Midland College (MC) Health Sciences Continuing Education department and the Alzheimer’s Association partner to offer the last session in a series of workshops regarding Alzheimer’s disease. The hour-long session will be held at 12:00 noon in Room 213 of the MC Advanced Technology Center, conveniently located at 3200 W. Cuthbert in Midland (corner of Cuthbert and Midkiff, next to Furr’s Cafeteria).

This particular session, Healthy Habits for a Healthier You, will focus on research dealing with how diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement affect people afflicted with Alzheimer’s. Presenters will demonstrate hands-on tools to help participants incorporate recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

“The session is free, and all are welcome,” said Kimberly Daw in the MC Health Sciences Continuing Education department. “The format is informal, and we encourage participants to bring a lunch, ask questions and join the discussion. It doesn’t matter whether or not participants have attended previous sessions; each is a ‘standalone’ session.”

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. It is not a normal part of aging. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer's, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer's live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions. Recent research suggests that nutrition, physical and mental exercise and social engagement can help to lessen Alzheimer’s symptoms. Tomorrow’s seminar will focus on that research.

Daw explained that there is a $15 processing charge for those who want to receive Continuing Education credit to maintain professional licensure or certification.

For more information, contact the Midland College Department of Health Sciences Continuing Education at (432) 681-6354, or email Kimberly Daw at kdaw@midland.edu

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