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Alzheimers Disease by 2050

by Ed Dignan

Alzheimer’s Disease by the Year 2050 taught by Susan Sklar, MD, will get you up to speed on the progress of understanding Alzheimer’s and its potential treatments. More importantly, you’ll also learn the key lifestyle steps you can take to keep your memory sharp and prevent cognitive decline. Each week will be devoted to an aspect of lifestyle that profoundly affects brain and total body health. This will include diet, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, and the use of hormones and supplements.
Attendees will be given concrete steps to reduce Alzheimer’s risk. They will learn how to use an App to track their food habits to make healthy foods choices and to serve as a method for planning an effective exercise schedule. Weekly assignments will help you implement lifestyle improvements, with a goal of adopting behaviors that will optimize brain health.
Many people, particularly those who have watched a loved one suffer with Alzheimer’s, know it is a frightening disease. Every 65 seconds someone is diagnosed with the disease! Recent studies, however, have revealed that more than 50% of Alzheimer’s cases could be prevented through lifestyle changes. Researchers say that reducing major risk factors like smoking, lack of exercise, and obesity can have a huge impact on preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Dr. Sklar is a nationally recognized, Harvard-trained physician with more than 25 years of experience as an Obstetrician-Gynecologist. She believes you can age gracefully while feeling great and is certified in the Bredesen protocol for slowing or reversing cognitive decline. She now leads the Sklar Center for Restorative Health in Long Beach. She knew OLLI would be a great place to increase community awareness about the issues of aging and our ability to prevent their worst effects. Dr. Sklar enjoys spending time with her grown children and her husband of 35 years and loves to exercise, especially outdoors. Join Dr. Sklar each week – your brain will thank you!

In Memorium
for Inge Johnson

Known for her tireless community volunteering, Inge Johnson left this world the way she lived it: in service of others. Johnson was on her way to pick up a senior for a doctor’s appointment when she got into a car accident at Termino Avenue and Seventh Street. She died 11 days later, on Aug. 27, sustaining severe injuries in the collision. A Holocaust survivor, Johnson was known for her work within the Jewish community and her kindness and positivity in the face of tragedy, which included being uprooted from her homeland of Nazi-occupied Germany and later, the loss of two of her children, one of them to ALS.
Johnson endeavored to bring joy wherever she went, whether she was a regular greeter at Temple Israel or a fire ambassador who taught fire safety to Long Beach school children. She was a member of the National Council of Jewish Women and worked with Hadassah. Inge taught people weekly how to play bridge through OLLI classes. She knit hats and blankets for hospital patients. She befriended newcomers and encouraged seniors to leave their apartments and be engaged. She entertained at festivals and hospitals as a clown and loved to carry jokes in her pocket. Johnson often brought her cartoons and riddles for the AJCC’s “happiness and humor group” and helped recruit others to join. “Her favorite thing was to make people laugh, to be kind, to make a positive impact in life,” she said. “She was rare in the world of people because she only saw love for others,” said her daughter Linda Nusbaum of Long Beach. Inge will be greatly missed by so many at OLLI.
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