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Friday, October 01, 2010 - North Broward Medical Center to Host Brain Game Challenge

Event Encourages Individuals to Be Proactive About Brain Health

Deerfield Beach, FL - In an effort to challenge individuals - of any age - to take steps towards good brain health, the Memory Disorder Center at Broward Health North Broward Medical Center along with Atlas Care Management will host its inaugural Brain Game Challenge on October 30, 2010.

Designed for people of all ages, abilities and interests, participants can opt to play a series of games, such as logic, memory, puzzles and recall, as well as pick up educational materials about healthy lifestyle choices. Admission is $7, and proceeds will support local support services and programs. Reservations are required.

“We’re honored to be one of a handful of places in the nation hosting this wonderful event,” said Dr. H. Murray Todd, Medical Director of the Memory Disorder Center at North Broward Medical Center. “It’s important that people understand exercising your brain is just as important as exercising your body.”

The event is part of an initiative sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a national nonprofit organization composed of 1,400 member organizations that provide hands-on support to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families.

AFA developed the Brain Game Challenge around the concept that flexing and stretching your brain, just like flexing and stretching other parts of your body, is critical for a successful aging workout - so much so that experts suggest that people of all ages exercise both their brains and bodies on a daily basis.  

Research suggests that regular mental workouts may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other memory disorders by enhancing cognitive reserve, stimulating growth of new brain cells, and maintaining or strengthening connections between brain cells.

“It is never too early or too late to build up good health habits, including brain health,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer. “This event is designed to show that the path to successful aging can be both educational and entertaining.”

The educational and fundraising event will be held at North Broward Medical Center, 201 E. Sample Road in Deerfield Beach, from 8:30am to 12:30pm. For more information or to make a reservation, call Atlas Care Management at 954-830-9969.

Currently, Alzheimer’s disease, which results in loss of memory and other intellectual functions, affects as many as 5.1 million Americans. The incidence is expected to increase dramatically in line with the nation’s aging population; advanced age is the greatest known risk factor. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 1,400 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a toll-free hot line, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers and professional training. For more information about AFA and its series of events, call toll-free 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.

The Memory Disorder Center is part of the Neurological Institute at North Broward Medical Center, which also consists of a Dizziness and Balance Rehabilitation Center, Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, Sleep Disorder Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center. It is staffed by a team of specialists including neurologists, neuropsychologists, geriatric psychiatrists, social workers and nurses. The staff focuses on refining diagnosis, treatment and continuing care for a full range of neurological disorders.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.