The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is inviting New West residents to learn the value of physical activity for brain and mobility health.
The society continues to provide New West residents affected by dementia with resources through its regular webinar series. The next free online session is on Wednesday, June 15 at 2 p.m.
Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose will discuss her research, which focuses on understanding the role of exercise in promoting cognitive and mobility outcomes in older adults.
“As the B.C. population is aging, it is essential to promote active aging, which helps maintain overall health and quality of life. People who exercise regularly are less likely to develop heart disease, stroke and diabetes – all risks associated with dementia,” said a press release from the Alzheimer Society of B.C. “Physical activity increases blood flow to the brain, nourishing the cells with nutrients and oxygen. Regular exercise also helps reduce stress and improve your mood.”
Liu-Ambrose is a physical therapist and a Canada research chair at the University of British Columbia’s department of physical therapy. She also directs the Aging, Mobility and Cognitive Health Laboratory and Vancouver General Hospital’s falls prevention clinic.
New West residents can register at alzbc.org/physical-activity-brain-mobility.
Other upcoming webinar sessions from the Alzheimer Society of B.C. include:
* Long-distance care-giving (Wednesday, June 22 at 2 p.m.): This webinar (for caregivers) will offer practical tips on providing meaningful care-giving support from a distance.
* Commonly asked questions about dementia (Wednesday, June 29 at 2 p.m.): This webinar features a panel discussion, where experts will respond to some of your most commonly-asked questions.
For more information about other upcoming webinar topics, visit alzbc.org/webinars.
In 2015, the City of New Westminster became British Columbia’s first dementia-friendly city council, after council members participated in a training session offered by the Alzheimer Society of B.C.