Along with keeping our bodies fit, it is important to take steps to sustain brain health and fitness. Brain Health refers to one’s ability to learn, remember, organize, focus and maintain an active mind. In 2016 the Baltimore County Department of Aging’s initiative, Brain Matters, will offer resources and activities to enhance brain function, provide strategies to care for those facing dementia or mental health illnesses, identify possible risk factors and improve the quality of life for older adults. Each month there will be a focus on different aspects of brain health.
The third quarter "Your Emotions and Your Brain" evaluation is now available. Help us improve our programming by completing the evaluation.
December Programs: Cerebral Celebration
Baltimore County Senior Centers are sponsoring many programs on topics related to Brain Matters. For December, the topic is Cerebral Celebration. A number of Baltimore County senior centers are offering special activities intended to help you improve your brain functioning. Refer to the Brain Matters Brochure (PDF) for more details on upcoming programs.
Join us on Thursday, December 8, at 7 p.m., for Holidays and Alzheimer's Families, presented by Yolanda Wright, LGSW, MSW, Alzheimer's Association Greater Maryland Chapter. For families living with Alzheimer's and other dementias, the holidays can be challenging. Join us to learn how celebrations can still be happy, memorable occasions. The presentation will be held at the Alzheimer's Association Conference Room, 1850 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland 21093.
Balancing the Ups and Downs of the Holidays
Join Kim Burton, from the Mental Health Association of Maryland, for a talk that provides strategies for balance during the ups and downs of the holidays.
Healthy Relationships through the Holidays
Join Jacke L. Schroeder, LCSW-C, Director of SAFE, to learn how to survive the holidays stress-free.
Risk Factor: Genetics
We are also planning programs for our brain health risk factor of the month—for December, Genetics.
Finding Reliable Health Information on the Internet
Director Linda Gorman of the Harrison Library at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center will give you research strategies to help you find reliable health information on the Internet.
Below are some resources for those who are interested in more information and relevant research on Brain Matters.
- Forbes: What Drinking When You're Stressed Could Be Doing To Your Brain
- Brainline.org: 15 Tips for Surviving and Enjoying the Holidays with TBI
- Psychology Today: This Is Your Brain On Holiday Shopping
- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Genes to Cognition Online
- MedlinePlus: Genetic Brain Disorders
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Brain Basics: Genes at Work in the Brain
Revised November 30, 2016