By Betsy Peterson
Yes, the right diet can help protect your brain as well as your heart!
There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. The evidence has mounted in recent years, from hundreds of studies, that the way we eat can significantly affect the health of our brains.
Nancy Emerson Lombardo, PhD, has been a pioneer in helping individuals, food services, and care facilities put that research into practice. She will share insights from that research on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. at the King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St. In collaboration with the Boston University and Tufts Schools of Medicine, Dr. Emerson Lombardo has developed the Memory Preservation Nutrition program (MPN). MPN has a dual purpose: helping people reduce their own risk of Alzheimer’s disease; and slowing the progression, and improving the lives of persons living with the disease. Dr. Emerson Lombardo will identify six general strategies for brain-healthy eating and offer some specific suggestions. There will also be an opportunity to purchase the cookbook “Brain Healthy Foods: Menus and Recipes.”
Dr. Emerson Lombardo had an early introduction to Alzheimer’s, long before Alzheimer’s was a household word. Her mother, at 52, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when Dr. Lombardo was only 23. At the time, there were few resources for Alzheimer’s families. In 1980, she became part of the team that created the Alzheimer’s Association and later helped found Alzheimer’s Disease International. These non-profit organizations provide invaluable education and support for patients and families, and promote research and public action on prevention and treatment.
Currently, Dr. Emerson Lombardo is adjunct research assistant professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and the BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, as well as founder and president of HealthCare Insights, LLC and Brain Health and Wellness Center. More information about Dr. Emerson Lombardo and MPN can be found online at brainwellness.com.
As this program offers benefits for people of any age, Beacon Hill Village invites the public to attend. Beacon Hill Village, a member-driven organization for Boston residents 50 and over, provides programs and services so members can lead vibrant, active, and healthy lives while living in their own homes and neighborhoods.
Dr. Emerson Lombardo’s presentation is free and open to the public. To register, call BHV at 617-723- 9713 or visit www.beaconhillvillage.org.