BrainSavers® class aims to ward off Alzheimer's disease

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BrainSavers® classes are part of a 12-week course focusing on brain healthy activities like physical exercise, stress reduction, cognitive exercises, educational material, socialization, even the best foods for your brain. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) BrainSavers® classes are part of a 12-week course focusing on brain healthy activities like physical exercise, stress reduction, cognitive exercises, educational material, socialization, even the best foods for your brain. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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As we get older, we focus just as much time on keeping our brains healthy as we do the rest of our body.

To help us do that, a group here in the Valley is offering BrainSavers® classes.

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The classes are offered continuously in 12-week increments focusing on brain healthy activities like physical exercise, stress reduction, cognitive exercises, educational material, socialization, even the best foods for your brain.

This combination is believed to keep Alzheimer's disease at bay.

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"BrainSavers® is really a holistic approach to brain health, so they focus on cognitive exercises as well as physical exercises," OptumCare instructor Ben Brock said. "So I would say the majority of people who engage with us are there because of that fear and are really motivated to work hard and do something to decrease their chances of Alzheimer's."

Students range in age from mid-50s to late 80s and those we talked with said they notice a difference.

"Everything is focusing on healthy mind, healthy body. We dance a lot. I'm 68 years old and I'm out there doing it. It's wonderful," said student Jan McNeil.

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The classes are available at three different locations here in the Valley and are offered by OptumCare which is a network of doctors and hospitals specializing in care for Medicare-eligible patients.

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