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FAU's Memory and Wellness Center reaches out to the community

Florida Atlantic University's Memory and Wellness Center is reaching out to educate the community about age-related memory loss with support of a local donor.

“Keeping Your Mind Sharp” is an hour-long presentation available free to the community through a seed grant from Warren Lloyd Holtzman, said Denise Sparks, director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center and presenter of the program.

“The Memory and Wellness Center at FAU was the first place I took my father when he had difficulty with his memory,” Holtzman said. “When I was able to give a grant, it was one of the first places I thought of. I wanted people to know the center existed, and an educational outreach program seemed like a good way to do that.”

Since last November, Sparks, a licensed clinical psychologist, has made the presentation to over 20 subdivisions, clubs and organizations along with the help of volunteer Lee Ross.

“If it weren't for the funding of Mr. Holtzman and the volunteer efforts of Lee Ross, we wouldn't have been able to get this out into the community,” Sparks said.

Ross books the center's presentations and shares her personal story with audiences before introducing Sparks. She became a volunteer after the loss of her husband who had dementia.

“The services at the Memory and Wellness Center were a great benefit to me and my husband, Bob,” Ross said. “We need to share this important information, and help people know more about the center.”

“Keeping Your Mind Sharp” offers practical information on how to maintain brain health, minimize the risks for dementia and identify the difference between normal age-related memory loss and changes that indicate a more serious problem such as Alzheimer's disease, Sparks said.

“This presentation allows us to educate the public while informing them of our many services, which range from research to prevention,” she said.

Originally developed by the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research through a grant from the MetLife Foundation and the U.S. Administration on Aging, the program is tailored to the needs of local organizations by Sparks.

Clubs, organizations and communities interested in booking the “Keeping Your Mind Sharp” presentation should call Memory and Wellness Center 561-297-0502.




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