Library program aims for a healthy brain

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published August 13, 2019

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TROY — Although we can’t control genetics, we can control lifestyle choices to help keep our brains healthy. 

The Troy Public Library will offer a fun and interactive presentation on the aging brain’s health and wellness, the most recent nonpharmacological research, and an introduction to cognitive fitness 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

Lynn Breuer, the director of chronic disease management at Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit, and Mary Martella, a program coordinator for Mind University at JFS of Metro Detroit — which offers free brain health workshops — will share strategies to keep brains sharp, especially as people age. 

Olivia Olson, Troy’s community engagement librarian, said that library staff met Martella at a senior expo at the Troy Community Center and thought the information would be valuable for Troy library patrons. 

Breuer said the factors to keep brains healthy include: 

• Socialization

• Stress management

• Spirituality

• Sleep 

• Medication management 

• Exercise 

• Nutrition 

• Mental stimulation 

“We will explain the critical role mental stimulation plays in brain health and the current research into what’s effective,” Breuer said. 

Breuer said they will explain apps people can use on their phones to keep the mind sharp, as well as the role of cognitive training. 

“Not everything is equal in effectiveness,” she said. 

Martella noted that when people go to the doctor, there is no emphasis on brain health. 

“The brain seems to be left out of the equation. Although we are so advanced in medical care, the only organ we can’t transplant is the brain.” 

Martella said it is even possible after a diagnosis of dementia to “continue to preserve what we have.”  

Register for the Troy Public Library program at troypl.org or by calling (248) 524-3534. 

The library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road. 

Call Staff Writer Terry Oparka at (586) 498-1054.

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