CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a variety of virtual education courses including dementia, healthy living and more.
The programs are aimed to help people learn about ways they can improve their living situation, reduce dementia and enhance brain and body health.
We talked to Alzheimer’s Association Programs Manager Jeremy Koerber, who specified four concepts they focus on for a better help. They included physical activity, nutrition, socialization and cognitive exercise.
“What we know is, there is now enough research and studies out that have looked at these four components,” Koerber said. “What we know is that the individuals that are doing these things, they are aging well, they are reducing for things such as heart disease, reducing risk for diabetes, and some forms of cancers. But now we know that what’s good for the body is what is good for the brain.”
He also mentioned there were two other concepts: getting an adequate amount of sleep and stopping smoking, if you are a smoker.
He said these virtual programs can help people’s future by acting now.
“To get people aware of what the disease is, aware of what they can be doing right now, because what you do today if you’re 30 will impact what you are when you are 60,” Koerber said. “What you do at 50 will impact what you do at 70.”
Koerber said it’s important to make sure to act on these concepts, which the virtual programs will help with.
“We want to take action with our smart exercise plan. We’ll go through what that looks like as well,” Koerber said. “And help them with some ideas that will improve their nutrition. Then also, start doing the things that are going to stretch their brain and then start looking for some options for socialization in a very odd time of our lives here.”
You can click here to register for classes and find more information and dates.
You can also call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.