POINT PLEASANT — Worldwide, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Alzheimer’s disease is defined as a progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age due to generalized degeneration of the brain.
In observance of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in June, the West Virginia chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will be holding a workshop Tuesday at the Gene Salem Senior Center in Point Pleasant. The workshop, “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body,” will begin at 11:30 a.m.
The free workshop is open to any individual looking for information on ways to age as well as possible, according to the chapter. At any age, there are lifestyle habits that can be adopted to help maintain, or even potentially improve, health. These habits may also help keep the brain healthy as a person ages and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline.
The workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits associated with healthy aging: cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, and social engagement. For each area, the program will cover what the Alzheimer’s Association knows, drawing on current research, as well as what can be done to improve or maintain overall health in each area.
Ann Dalton, executive administrative assistant with the Mason County Action Group, said while the senior centers have worked with the Alzheimer’s Association in the past, this is the first time a workshop has been held there. The Gene Salem Senior Center is located at 101 Second St. in Point Pleasant.
Other activities during the month at the Point Pleasant senior center include a Father’s Day celebration with cake and punch on June 17 at 10 a.m., and a presentation on June 24 at 11:30 a.m., “Medicaid and Other Programs to Make Medicare More Affordable for People with Limited Means.” On June 21, Pleasant Valley Home Health and Hospice will present “Expressing Grief” from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
Regular activities include bingo on Mondays and Fridays, the Senior Center Country Band on Wednesdays, and church service on Thursdays. All regular events begin at 10 a.m.
At the Mason Senior Center, located at Second and Horton streets, there will be a Father’s Day celebration on June 17 at 10:30 a.m., with cake and punch. Regular activities include bingo on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and music on Fridays, all at 10 a.m.
Healthy Steps exercise classes will be held at Mason on June 22 and 29 at 10:30 a.m. Healthy Steps is a fun exercise class that can be done while seated.
Both senior centers will be closed June 20 in observance of West Virginia Day.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.