Taking Care of Our Minds & Bodies

Think positive, be sociable, eat healthily, keep your mind active and learn new things, exercise

At our cafes this week
Last week was a 2 cafe week, and we were in Alexandra and Ashburn. Mike Harrigan from the Braining Center talked to us about the benefits of his Power Braining program and we followed along on parts of videos of classes. If you see people walking around squeezing their left ear lobe with the fingers of their right hand, and touching their nose with left hand, then switching, and switching, and switching, while marching in place and answering mathematical equations . . . well, you get the idea. If you missed our cafes this month, you can watch videos about the program on the Braining Center website. Click here for more info.

Memory Rescue
With all that we heard about brain and body fitness at our cafes this month, we also heard that there will be a show this week on PBS that might be of interest. It is called Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, MD. “The award-winning psychiatrist, neuroscientist and author demonstrates ways to strengthen memory and treat major risk factors that destroy the brain.” I found it on the WETA schedule on Thursday, May 30 at 8:00 pm.

Famous people diagnosed with Parkinson’s
During April, Parkinson’s Awareness Month, we talked about famous people who have lived or are living with Parkinson’s. Quite a few people first learned about Parkinson’s because of these famous people. Here’s a link to a list on Wikipedia to a List of People Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Thank you, Karl, for sharing!

Insight Memory Care CenterNews from Insight Memory Care Center (IMCC)
Special Caregiver workshop
Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
At: Hollin Hall Senior Center
1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA 22308
Join us for this special Caregiver Workshop with Pete Shrock, nationally known grief and crisis responder, focusing on building resilience through caregiving challenges.
11:00-12:30 | DISCUSSING GRIEF
Many think of grief as something that only happens after a loved one’s death. However, as a caregiver, you may experience grief for your loved with a diagnosis of dementia while they are still living. It is important to recognize this grief and take steps to manage your stress as a caregiver, and even more importantly, keep yourself healthy!
The modern caregiver is overworked and xhausted: between providing care for family members, upholding social relationships and career commitments, and managing mental and physical health, life can feel like a juggling act. Learn practical steps a caregiver can take to balance these commitments, and tackle stigmas and negative self-talk caregivers sometimes face.
This is a free event, and all caregivers and family members are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided!
Register online at: aarp.cvent.com/Caregivers0608 or call 877-926-8300.

email: Sonia@ParkinsonSocialNetwork.org

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