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Senior Friendship Centers Highlights Programming to Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s and Promote Brain Health in Southwest Florida

(Sarasota, FL – June 12)- As Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month takes center stage, Senior Friendship Centers brings attention to the alarming statistics that more than 500,000 people aged 65 and older in Florida are living with Alzheimer’s, while 827,000 family caregivers provide unpaid care valued at a staggering $23.4 billion in 2023. This month, Senior Friendship Centers proudly highlights its programs that effectively reduce the risk of the disease and promote brain health through its Activity Centers and Nutrition Services in Southwest Florida. Additionally, the organization emphasizes its commitment to providing essential safety, quality care, and support through its Adult Day Care and Caregiver Support Groups.

Alzheimer’s is a growing public health crisis affecting a significant number of older adults in Florida. According to the National Institute on Aging, healthy lifestyle behaviors such as increasing physical activity, keeping your mind active,  consuming a high-quality diet, and engaging in social activities can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The Activity Centers and Nutrition Services at Senior Friendship Centers are designed to support brain health and promote socialization for older adults. The organization’s Activity Centers serve as vibrant hubs offering classes that keep the mind and body active, including Zumba, Tai Chi, Line Dancing, Bingo, Ping Pong, discussion groups, and language classes. In addition, meals served through our neighborhood dining locations and home-delivered meals are reviewed by a registered dietician to ensure optimal intake and meet daily nutritional guidelines for seniors. Through these programs, seniors can actively reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by participating in engaging activities that promote mental agility and having access to well-balanced meals that support optimal brain function.

Moreover, Senior Friendship Centers understands the vital need for safety, quality care, and support for both individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The organization’s Adult Day Care program offers a secure and compassionate environment where individuals with dementia or other frailties of aging can engage in activities such as music, art, or pet therapy, and exercises that help maintain cognitive function and delay cognitive decline while providing respite time for their caregivers. Simultaneously, support groups provide a valuable lifeline for those caring for individuals with cognitive impairment, offering education, resources, and emotional support to alleviate the challenges associated with caregiving.

To equip older adults with the latest trends in maintaining optimal health, our Sarasota and Venice Activity Centers are hosting the following events this June:

Sarasota Campus at 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL  34236

Healthy Eating Made Simple Presented by Holistic Health Coach and Nutrition Intern, Ashley McIntyre

June 14 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | SFC Members – $5; Non-Members – $10

The Visual Thinking Workshop Hosted by Educators from Embracing Our Differences

June 22 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM| SFC Members – $5; Non-Members – $10

Mental Healing: The Power of a Positive Mindset Workshop Facilitated by CenterPlace Health Outreach Teams

June 27 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | SFC Members – $10; Non-Members – $15

Venice Campus at 2350 Scenic Drive, Venice, FL 34293

Mind/Body Connection Presented by Marty Reichgut, MD,

June 22 | 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Open to the Public

Brain Healthy Nutrition Presented by Holistic Health Coach and Nutrition Intern, Ashley McIntyre

June 29 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | SFC Members – $5; Non-Members – $10

To register or for any questions about events, please contact [email protected]

To request an interview, please contact [email protected]

To learn more about our programs and services, call (941) 955-2122 or  visit our website at www.friendshipcenters.org