Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Lecture/ Briefing
- Other: Social hour
- Other: exercise class
- Other: Senior citizens
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
We took a multi-dimensional approach and tried to touch on each of the following as it relates to brain health - learning something new, remaining social, the importance of exercise, emotional health, and nutrition. Throughout the week we had an eye-catching, colorful, easy-to-read central display of the seven dimensions of wellness and how lifestyle choices effect your brain health. Each day there was a different article and/or a give-away in celebration of Brain Awareness Week. We had lectures on lifestyle choices as they relate to brain health and stroke symptoms and preventive measures. As part of our monthly birthday party we had folks wear name tags that included their favorite book or movie, with the objective to find someone else who loved it too, getting people up, mingling, and meeting new friends. We had a guest speaker from the NJHC give a talk on "Women, Feminism and Islam" for an opportunity to learn something new. Our fitness manager designed a light aerobic workout that challenged the brain with new movement patterns in a fun and supportive atmosphere. For emotional health, we held a "Happiness Workshop", complete with a certified therapy dog and exercises to help participants rediscover their happiness prompts. We ended the week with a visual display of 10 different "Brain Foods" and how they help your brain health.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:
- BAW Pencils
- Brain-shaped Erasers
- Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain
What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?
- Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research Fact Sheets
- Brain Briefs Fact Sheets
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- New Fact Sheets
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
Brain health is a constant concern among our residents. Any information we can use to help educate them is beneficial. Celebrating BAW and using the BAW materials help to get large amount of information relayed easily and succinctly.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
Start early. Have an outline or list of objectives. Enlist a team of helpers.
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