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Wednesday, September 07, 2011 - 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 to take steps toward good brain health, North Broward Medical Center (NBMC) will host the Brain Game Challenge on Thursday, September 22, 2011.

NBMC will hold the educational and fundraising event in their Conference Center, 201 E. Sample Road, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Designed for people of all ages, abilities and interests, participants can opt to play a series of games such as visual puzzles, math challenges and memory games, as well as pick up educational materials about healthy lifestyle choices. Proceeds will support local services and programs. For reservations, call Atlas Care Management at (954) 830-9969.

“We are very happy to offer the Brain Game Challenge to our community,” said Dr. H Murray Todd, Medical Director of the NBMC Neurological Institute. “Through this event we hope to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease and to teach our community how to maximize their brain capacity.”

The event is part of an annual initiative sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a national nonprofit organization composed of 1,600 member organizations, including NBMC, that provide hands-on support to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families. Other AFA member organizations nationwide are holding similar events.

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.”

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 sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

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. 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 BrowardHealth.org.   

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 1,600 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, call toll-free 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.