The first step to keeping your brain healthy
You get your eyes tested. You get your hearing checked. You monitor your blood pressure. Now, it's time to test your brain.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee is partnering with experts, including Andrew Dougherty of MedInteract, to offer monthly brain-healthy educational workshops followed by cognitive screenings throughout the state. These “Memory Mondays” will give you a chance to learn more about how to maximize your brain health.
AARP Tennessee highlighted interest in brain health by its members in its September 2016 bulletin, and mentioned the Alzheimer's Tennessee cognitive screenings:
A 2015 AARP survey on brain health found that three-quarters of adults over 40 are concerned about their brain health declining in the future. About one-third said their ability to remember things has decreased over the past five years; that percentage jumped to 45 percent for those 65 and older.
“So many of our members in Tennessee and across the country are caring for their loved ones, and a really high percent have dementia,” said Rebecca Kelly, AARP Tennessee state director.
“The more we can learn about it, the more we can help our members stay educated and informed, then the better we are all going to be as we age. When we ask our members, brain health is … their number-one interest and concern as they age,” she said. Read complete article here.
To protect your incredible brainpower, it’s important to understand more about cognition, the process of acquiring and comprehending knowledge through our senses and experiences. During upcoming workshops and cognitive screenings, you will learn about how your brain’s six cognitive domains are currently performing and how to exercise your brain to maintain cognitive function in these areas:
- Executive Function
- Verbal Fluency
As many as 60 percent of people with early signs of dementia don’t discover their cognitive impairment until it is too late for effective treatment. The upcoming brain health screenings and educational workshops will not provide a diagnosis; however, they can help you identify specific areas that need improvement and provide tools to help slow the progression of any cognitive issues.