Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Center Provides Community Education

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The Active Senior Adults at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church is made up of dynamic, engaged and vital members of the congregation who may be retired from their work lives, but are not retired from life! These members have enjoyed countless accomplishments and adventures—and together they share a genuine interest in learning how to achieve and maintain a high quality of life.

“Embracing the evolving needs of the active senior adults in our congregation has long been an important mission of our Church,” said the church’s Executive Minister, Reverend Dr. Yvette Lovett Martin. “And is the reason why we are excited about partnering with the team at the Sticht Center for Healthy Aging
and Alzheimer’s Prevention at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

“They are working with us to provide meaningful education through regular Lunch and Learn events,” Lovett Martin added. “We believe it is our responsibility to go beyond simply nourishing the spiritual needs of our congregation; we are also committed to nurturing their physical and mental wellness.”

The partnership with the Wake Forest Alzheimer’s Prevention program allows United Metropolitan another way to support local seniors in their efforts to live healthy, independent and fulfilling lives. Lunch and Learn topics have included “Healthy Aging: What’s Normal, What’s Not?” “Tips to Reduce Your Risk for Developing Alzheimer’s,” “What’s the Connection Between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s?” and “Which Foods are Best for your Brain?”

The talented women and men who have led the Lunch and Learn programs share information on these topics in ways that are easily understood by church members.

“We feel very fortunate to have the Wake Forest Alzheimer’s Prevention Center in our hometown of Winston-Salem because as one of only 30 Alzheimer’s Disease Centers in the country, and the only Center in North Carolina, they have the resources and the team to help us make a difference in our community,” Lovett Martin said.

The Wake Forest Alzheimer’s Center is unique in that it focuses on ways to prevent the disease through lifestyle changes and treatment of medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Both of those conditions can increase a person’s risk for developing Alzheimer’s dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Center in Winston-Salem provides the community with access to some of the latest-breaking science information focused on slowing or preventing memory loss in older adults. The Center is also conducting innovative research studies to discover new ways to preserve both body and brain health.

“At United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, we are looking forward to the ongoing relationship with the Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention because the educational programs will evolve to continue meeting the needs of our Active Senior Adults—and beyond,” Lovett Martin said.

To learn about studies to help keep your memories alive, or to have the Alzheimer’s Prevention Center team share information with members of your congregation, please call 336-716-MIND (6463).

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