By Terrie Litwin, RSF Senior Center, executive director
According to the National Institute of Health and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the brain is the most complex part of the human body. Although it makes up only 2 percent of our body weight, it consumes 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe and 20 percent of the energy we consume. This enormous consumption of oxygen and energy fuels many thousands of chemical reactions in the brain every second. These chemical reactions underlie the actions and behaviors we use to respond to our environment. In short, the brain dictates the behaviors that allow us to survive. Scientists have worked for many years to unravel the complex workings of the brain.
During the past decade alone, scientific and technical progress in all fields of brain research has been astonishing. Using new imaging techniques, scientists can visualize the human brain in action. Images produced by these techniques have defined brain regions responsible for attention, memory, and emotion. A series of discoveries (in multiple fields of study) has displaced the long-standing assumption that brain cells are stable and unchanging. New findings show that some adult brain cells can divide and grow! In addition, advances in research are allowing scientists to analyze and make progress toward understanding the causes of inherited brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Taken together, these discoveries provide hope for the recovery of nervous system function lost through injury or disease.
Research continues to bring new insights into how the brain is put together, how it works, and whether damage to the brain can be reversed. Please join us at the Senior Center on Wednesday, May 2, at 2 p.m. for “Healthy Brain Research: Boosting Your Memory,” presented by Dr. Aboo Nasar, MD.
Dr. Nasar will discuss the most current information in healthy brain research and dementia prevention. Topics will include evidence-based management protocol to optimize brain function, boost memory, and improve overall health and wellness. Dr. Nasar will also discuss Brain Derived Neurotopic Factor and how it can help in generating brain tissue which governs memory storage and emotions. Dr. Nasar is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Anti-Aging medicine. His is a practicing Internist and Geriatrician with Senior Medical Associates, a multi-specialty group in San Diego. Please call the Senior Center at (858)756-3041 to reserve your space.
•Fitness class with licensed physical therapist Jim Prussack, Monday mornings, 10:45 a.m. at the RSF Senior Center, $5 per class, paid to instructor. Reservations are not required.
• Music appreciation: Monday, May 7; Monday, May 21, 2-4 p.m. at the RSF Senior Center. Reservations are not required.