The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, in conjunction with Asian Resources, Inc. and the Alzheimer’s Association will host an event on research exploring the connections between brain and body at a free event Monday, Sept. 11 from 10:30 a.m. until noon.
The event, “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research,” will be presented in Vietnamese at Asian Resources, Inc., 5100 El Paraiso Ave. in Sacramento.
While the brain and body connection has been known for centuries, current scientific discoveries provide insights into how to optimize physical and cognitive health as aging occurs. This event will highlight research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and provide hands-on tools to help participants incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.
Oanh Meyer, an assistant professor with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center in the Department of Neurology, said awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and momentum to address the Vietnamese community’s needs are growing.
“Refugees who immigrated to the U.S. right after the Vietnam War are now getting to an age where they are vulnerable to dementia and Alzheimer’s,” said Meyer, who works with caregivers of people with dementia. “Unfortunately, there are very few culturally and linguistically appropriate services for these families. Along with community partners such as Asian Resources, Inc., ACC Senior Services and the Alzheimer’s Association, we are beginning to make great progress in reaching this underserved community.”