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Tips to Stay Sharp and a Tele-Town Hall on Brain Health

If you're curious about your brain, AARP Virginia has an event for you on Tuesday. (AARP)
If you're curious about your brain, AARP Virginia has an event for you on Tuesday. (AARP)
December 5, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. -- If you have questions on your mind about your brain, AARP Virginia is hosting a tele-town hall Tuesday night with national neuroscience experts and thousands of your neighbors.

The event, from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, will be formatted like a call-in radio show and the two doctors will take questions from the audience, said David DeBiasi, associate state director at AARP Virginia. Those interested in participating can sign up to be on the call.

"People on the phone can ask questions of the two physicians,” DeBiasi explained; "what is normal memory loss, what is abnormal memory loss, what medications might get in the way of brain health, the importance of sleep - and they can hear from two brain health experts."

You can sign up at AARP Virginia's Facebook page, or at their website. And more brain health tips are available at stayingsharp.aarp.org.

Our understanding of how the brain ages has shifted, DeBiasi said. We used to think it was basically set and unchanging once we reach adulthood. We've come to understand that the brain can grow and adapt, even late in life, DeBiasi said. And we can do a lot to keep our brain vital and limber.

"The brain is constantly changing and we can do a lot with our own health,” he said: “staying mentally active, physically active, and socially active, with special attention to our diet, our cardiovascular health, reducing stress."

One key is to keep trying things that are new and different, even late in life.

"Learning a new instrument, learning a language, learning how to dance - the key is novelty, that it's new for you,” he explained. "Our brain is stimulated and grows when we learn new things."

DeBiasi encourages folks to sign up for the tele-town hall. After all, he said, how often do you get the chance to pick a brain doctor's brain?

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - VA