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Friday, September 23, 2011 - North Broward Medical Center Hosts 2nd Annual Brain Game Challenge

Deerfield Beach, Fla. - Broward Health North Broward Medical Center (NBMC) hosted more than 100 guests at their 2nd Annual Brain Games Challenge on Thursday, Sept. 22.  NBMC partnered with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) to present the Brain Game Challenge in an effort to encourage individuals to take steps toward good brain health.

Participants, including Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers and local community members, joined in memory games like naming as many cities as they could for every letter in the alphabet in one minute and memory recall exercises, where they were shown a board of words for three minutes and then had to recall as many words as they could.

“The Brain Game Challenge was a great success and reminder that everyone needs to challenge their minds,” said Pauline Grant, CEO of NBMC.  “Stretching and maintaining your brain is just as critical as walking and exercising is to keeping up your body.”

NBMC’s Dr. Murray Todd, neurologist and medical director of the Neurological Institute and Memory Disorder Center, spoke to the crowd on Alzheimer’s disease, what the latest research has been and nutrition that helps the brain. 

"Blueberries are one of the best foods to help the brain because it is the strongest antioxidant food available,” Dr. Todd said during his presentation.  “As we get older, it is essential that we supply ourselves with more antioxidants.”

During part of the morning, guests enjoyed a health exhibit sponsored by NBMC, Atlas Care Management and Community Home Health. The exhibits included education on local senior communities and health centers.

Guests were also able to participate in a treasure hunt, and winners received gift baskets, gift cards and baked goods.  The Goodyear blimp ride that was auctioned off and raised $600, with proceeds going to NBMC’s Memory Disorder Center and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, was won by Al Freedman.  In total, the event raised more than $1,000. 

“This event was really to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and its effects,” said Doris Haas, geriatric care manager and elder-care mediator for Atlas Care Management.  “It was a day of fun and self-discovery.”

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.  Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

The Memory Disorder Center at North Broward Medical Center is an outpatient diagnostic facility offering a multidisciplinary approach to determine the cause of memory impairment, including Alzheimer’s.  Services include counseling and education, support groups, research, memory enhancement program, driving assessments and many more. For more information about the Memory Disorder Center, call 954-786-7392 or visit http://www.BrowardHealth.org/NBMCmemory.

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.

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.