Never Too Late - January/February 2024

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Training In Person - 600 S Country Club Online (Zoom) Dementia Capable Southern Arizona Classes - January & February Dementia Friends Information Session (English)

Tuesday, January 23 2–3pm Thursday, February 29 10–11am

Tuesday, January 30 2–3pm

Gain a general understanding of dementia with a focus on adopting a mindset of creating a dementia-friendly community.

Tuesday, February 20 3–4:30pm Jueves, 15 de febrero 10–11am

Dementia Friends w/ Special Emphasis on the African-American Population Sesión informative de Dementia Friends (Español) (Dementia Friends Information Session (Spanish) Es hora de cambiar la forma en que las personas piensan, actúan, y hablan sobre la demencia. Memory Loss: Progressions, Behaviors, and Interventions part 1 Dive into the progression of dementia, the brain changes that occur and behavior and care tips. Memory Loss: Progressions, Behaviors, and Interventions part 2 Take a deeper dive looking at caregiver strategies, common challenges, how to approach them, and non-pharmacological approaches to caring for someone with dementia.


Thursday, January 18 10–11:30am



Thursday, January 25 10–11:30am

Register today at through Eventbrite at For more information or to register, contact Nicole Thomas at (520) 790-7573 x1739 or

Did you know that heart healthy habits are also brain healthy habits? Heart related issues have been associated with cognitive decline and an increased risk for developing dementia. Many of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and dementia significantly overlap. Here are some heart healthy tips that will also reduce your risk of dementia:

Maintain a healthy blood pressure: Both high and low blood pressure can affect blood flow to the brain and increase the risk of cognitive impairment. A recent study found that more intensive treatment for high blood pressure also resulted in positive changes in brain structures that clear toxins and metabolic byproducts. Quit smoking: Compared to non-smokers, current

vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein reduces overall cognitive decline. Get moving: Physical movement is important for both heart health and brain health, but you don’t have to spend hours in the gym pumping iron to reduce your risk of dementia. Getting in more daily steps and/or increasing the pace of walking can significantly lower your risk of developing dementia.

smokers have an increased risk of all types of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. Reducing the amount and stopping smoking reduces the risk of developing dementia. Watch your diet: If more than 20% of your daily calorie intake is highly processed food, you may be raising your risk for cognitive decline. A diet high in unprocessed fruits,

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