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June 18, 2013 > Brain Wellness Fair

Brain Wellness Fair

Submitted By Michelle Simone

Acacia Creek Retirement Community is pleased to announce that its second annual Brain Wellness Fair will take place on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. In an effort to increase public awareness of the importance of maintaining neurological health, the Brain Wellness Fair, the only event of its kind in the Bay Area, offers advice from knowledgeable brain wellness specialists with opportunities for hands-on learning. Local community members are invited and encouraged to attend; all activities are offered free of charge.

This year's keynote speaker is Theodore Zanto, Ph.D., assistant professor at the UCSF School of Medicine, Department of Neurology. Zanto has an extensive background in psychology, physics, and neuroscience. His current research seeks to characterize the neural networks that encompass peoples' attention, memory, and sensory systems to help develop technologies and techniques to assist physically and mentally handicapped populations.

Zanto will be joined by neurological health experts from a diverse range of disciplines:
* Nachal Bhangal, clinical registered dietitian, Washington Hospital Healthcare System
* Ziv Porat, yoga instructor and acupressurist
* Jennifer Sherwood, Department of Kinesiology, California State University, East Bay

Guests are invited to participate in a broad range of activities including chair massages; arts and crafts; balance and exercise routines; bridge and other card games; memoir writing and genealogy instruction; use of Dakim BrainFitness software; and opportunities for spiritual engagement. Instruction for these activities will be provided by Acacia Creek residents and staff.

"Our residents are very talented and participate in many activities that are valuable to both the community and the residents themselves," says Bessie Gish, secretary and treasurer of the Acacia Creek Resident Council.

Resident Nadine Yother who will volunteer at the Brain Wellness Fair says, "We will be showing and demonstrating a variety of the hand arts we create at Acacia Creek - from cards and watercolors, to quilting, knitting, and beading. Many of us did not know how to make these things before coming to Acacia Creek - we challenged our creativity and learned new skills. We're looking forward to showing new residents and the outside community how to create beautiful crafts - while benefiting socially, too."

The Brain Wellness Fair is supported by the Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Tri-City Voice, Tri-City Elder Coalition, and Dakim BrainFitness.

Brain Wellness Fair
Wednesday, June 19
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Acacia Creek Retirement Community
34400 Mission Blvd., Union City
(510) 441-3740

Free Admission

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