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Join the Healthy Minds Initiative

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) has finalized a three-year partnership with award-winning neurologists Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai for the “Healthy Minds Initiative,” a study that will look at 1,700 Beach Cities residents 65 years and older and the effects active and passive lifestyle changes have on cognitive and psychological health. In other words, how factors such as a proper diet and lifestyle can prevent brain disease and promote long-term brain health.

How seniors can get involved
Interested in contributing to emergent and innovative research related to dementia and brain health? One of the greatest ways to help move this critical research forward is by participating in the Healthy Minds Initiative. Seniors (65+) who currently live in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach are encouraged to volunteer by calling BCHD at (310) 374-3426, ext. 256. All participants will be screened by BCHD staff to ensure they meet environmental and health-related requirements for the three-year research study, which is urgently seeking 1,700 senior participants in the Beach Cities.

Attend community workshops
Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, in conjunction with BCHD, will be leading various community workshops on easy ways to promote long-term brain health and reduce your risk for Alzheimer's Disease. These free community events will be open to the public. 

Healthy Minds Initiative: Brain Health Workshops

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Redondo Beach Main Library
303 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach

Call BCHD at (310) 374-3426, ext. 256 for more information and to register. Also presenting will be the LA Found. In partnership with LA County, LA Found

helps caregivers of those living with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairments keep their loved ones from becoming lost by providing a voluntary system of trackable bracelets for at-risk individuals.

The Sherzai's 5-step Alzheimer’s busting plan
There may still be no cure for Alzheimer’s but, with the right advice, we can be mentally active for longer, reverse the debilitating symptoms of the disease and ultimately add more happy, healthy years to our lives. Here’s how you can start.

  1. We found that eating too much meat is bad for your brain, which requires vegetables, fruit, pulses, grains and healthy fats to thrive.
  2. Physical exercise increases both the number of brain cells and the connections between them. We suggest maintaining an active lifestyle that incorporates movement every hour — not just a quick stop at the gym after an otherwise sedentary day at the office, for example.
  3. Chronic stress puts the brain in a state of high inflammation, causing structural damage and impairing its ability to clear toxins. We recommend meditation, yoga, breathing exercises and time outside.
  4. Restorative sleep is essential for health, so it’s important to aim for seven to eight hours a night.
  5. Puzzles and other complex activities protect your brain against decline. Social support and engagement with your community can also have a clear and undeniable influence on the way in which your brain ages. And activities such as playing music are great for challenging and engaging many of the brain’s capacities.