TMC Brain Week: Join us to learn ways to keep your brain healthy

BrainWeek_Gear2017Join Tucson Medical Center next week for a week-long series of discussions and activities designed to provide a better understanding of how the brain works and how best to protect it.

How does exercise affect the brain? What are the differences between normal aging and signs of dementia? What are treatment options for movement disorders or mild cognitive impairment?

All events are held at the El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Road.

The following classes still have availability; please call 324-1960 to reserve a seat:

  • Monday, April 17, 10 a.m.; Golden Years, Golden Brain: Memory for Life. The golden years don’t have to mean the beginning of a slow decline of memory. Many things can help. Join Jill Jones as she shares some of the tips and techniques to use to keep your memory strong.
  • Monday, April 17, 2 p.m.; The Normal Brain vs. Dementia. Have you wondered if a “senior moment” could signal the beginning of cognitive or memory issues? Don’t worry needlessly; these could be just normal age-related issues. Join Heather Pederson, PhD, neuropsychologist with the Center for Neurosciences as she explains the normal memory issues we all face as we age vs. the telltale signs of dementia.
  • Tuesday, April 18, 10 a.m.; Mild Cognitive Impairment. Mild cognitive impairment can be an early sign of dementia, but some people never get worse, and a few even get better. Join Morgen Hartford, MSW, regional director for Alzheimer’s Southern Arizona, as he shares more information about this less-emphasized cognitive condition.
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2 p.m.; The Brain-Exercise Connection. Did you know that regular physical activity benefits the brain? Studies show that people who are physically active are less likely to experience a decline in their mental function and have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Join Gene Alexander, PhD, director of the University of Arizona Department of Psychology Brain Imaging, Behavior and Aging Laboratory as he shares the latest research on this.
  • Wednesday, April 19, 10 a.m.; Brain Plasticity: The Key to Learning and Recovery. Research has shown that the brain continues to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life – allowing the brain to adjust for an injury and change with new situations. Existing areas of the brain can take over functions for damaged areas. Nadia Fike, M.D., PhD, neurologist and researcher with Center for Neurosciences explains how this happens and what it means for aging brains.
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2 p.m.; Surgical Intervention for Movement Disorders. Not all movement disorders are life-threatening, but they may impair the ability to function independently. Surgical interventions are used when medications and rehab strategies no longer manage symptoms. Join Thomas Norton, M.D., neurosurgeon with the Center for Neurosciences as he shares information on how this is done and how effective it can be.
  • Thursday, April 20, 10 a.m.; Traumatic Brain Injury. There are many ways to suffer a traumatic brain injury with the risk of brain damage increasing each time we hit our head – in a fall, with whiplash, etc. It can affect memory, organizational skills, emotions, behavior and more. Join Sarah Burger, PhD, neuropsychologist with the Center for Neurosciences to learn some of the non-physical issues to look for after a TBI and what can be done to help.
  • Thursday April 20; 2 p.m.; Tips to Keep Your Brain Healthy. Do you want to enjoy lifelong brain health? Research has shown that there are some specific things that will help keep your brain healthy. Adam Reynolds, M.D., neurologist with the Center for Neurosciences will explain what these are and how they can help.

Find more information at or check out the TMC for Seniors calendar of events.

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