February 22, 2019
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Iowa Falls Senior Center
218 S. River Street
Iowa Falls, IA
Healthy Food, Healthy Brain
What do green leafy vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and a glass of wine all have in common?
These foods are all part of the MIND diet – a diet showing promise in reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Recent research conducted by Rush University and funded by the National Institute on Aging followed 923 individuals for almost 5 years. What they learned was that people who followed the MIND diet, even moderately, had a 53% reduction in dementia and the development of Alzheimer’s.
Did you know that blueberries might be your brain’s new best friend? Of those powerful memory foods, blueberries have been shown to be most beneficial. Blueberries and other blue and purple fruits are packed with anthocyanins and show promise in lowering blood pressure and preserving memory and reasoning skills.
Join us and learn ways to include fresh and frozen blueberries into their diets. A sample will be provided. Besides beating the winter blues with blueberries, you’ll have a chance to discuss other brain foods on a budget.
Maintaining brainpower gets an added boost from activity, as well. Singing and doing puzzles are two winter activities that can keep your brain sharp. Both activities connect the chemicals in your brain, and singing has the added bonus of making you happier.
Fresh Conversations is a free program offered by NEI3A and designed to promote sharing and peer support. Take time in February to learn more about the powerful, protective features of blueberries, strawberries, nuts, olive oil, and wine.