Successful Ladies’ Night Out: “Brain Health – Staying Sharp”

Washington County Hospital (WCH) and Washington County Health Department (WCHD) hosted the 20th Annual Ladies’ Night Out on January 18.

This event took place at the Original Springs Hotel in Okawville. The night was a huge success with over 88 participants. The topic this year was “Brain Health – Staying Sharp”.

The MC for the night was Nancy Newby, CEO of WCH. She was proud to announce the two speakers, Michael Tilton of the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association and Jenni Miller, RPh of Nashville Pharmacy.

At the conclusion of the evening, a community health assessment survey was conducted.

Michael Tilton is a retired business man from the Clayton, Mo. area. He was representing the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association.

Michael was personally involved as a caregiver for his mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer. He had a two part focus with his discussion.

First, Michael spoke about Alzheimer’s the disease. He had many slides and videos that illustrated caring for and helping Alzheimer patients.

The second focus was on “Brain Health – Staying Sharp”. During this time, Michael focused on how to keep the mind engaged to help stay sharp. Some of the ways to do this include proper diet and exercise, keeping engaged in social activities, reading, and completing puzzles.

Jenni Miller, RPh of the Nashville Pharmacy spoke about the medications used for treatment of Alzheimer’s. She spoke about the cost, effects, and side-effects of each medication. Jenni also spoke about new trial drugs that are currently being tested. These new drugs and their research might someday lead to the prevention and cure of Alzheimer’s.

The St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association services the Washington County area. The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

For more information about Alzheimer’s contact the St. Louis Alzheimer’s Association at their 24/7 Helpline: 800-272-3900 or their website at www.alz.org/stl.