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How can you improve your brain health? Experts explain

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Posted at 12:18 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 12:18:55-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. — An upcoming webinar series focuses on how we can improve our brain health, sharing the latest in scientific brain research.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida Atlantic University is sharing a “Healthy Aging and Your Brain Series" with Johns Hopkins medical experts in three Zoom webinars the week of July 13, 2020.

The first seminar is Monday, July 13 at 1:30 p.m. “Stroke, Dementia, Motor Learning & Brain Recovery: The Mystery of the Human Brain” is presented by John Hopkins University School of Medicine experts Ester Oh, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of medicine, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and pathology; Mona Bahouth, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of neurology; and John Krakauer, M.D., M.A., the John C. Malone professor of neurology, neuroscience, and physical medicine and rehabilitation, and director of the brain, learning, animation, and movement lab.

The panel will discuss evidence that cognitive decline and dementia can be slowed or interrupted. They will also discuss new research in a connection between urinary tract infections and stroke, and examine research about motor learning and brain repair at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The second seminar is Wednesday, July 15 at 1:30 p.m., called “During COVID and Beyond,” presented by Neda Gould, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

The purpose is to, “Bring them closer to self-compassion and self-awareness, especially during this time where we’re all a little high anxiety with everything happening with the pandemic. So she’s going to talk about some different methods, and ways to really bring down those stress levels and bring in the mindfulness and meditation to kind of calm you down,” explained Kami Barrett Batchelder, M.P.A., M.A., the Director of Academic Affairs and Marketing for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

The lecture reviews the practice of staying in the moment, which science shows can help with physical ailments like blood pressure and pain intensity, as well as memory and focus.

The third seminar is Friday, July 17 at 1:30 p.m. Titled “The Mid-Gut Connection,” Glenn Jordan Treisman, M.D., Ph.D., the Eugene Meyer III professor of psychiatry and medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will be presenting. It explores the human gut and how it can impact happiness and health.

Tickets are $30 for one lecture and $75 for three or more lectures. For more information, contact the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 561-799-8547 or visit here.