Alzheimer’s Association’s Proactive Brain Health Habits

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As director of senior housing for The Calida Group in Las Vegas, Thomas Jurbala recently worked toward the development of the new 121-bed Horizon Ridge Rehabilitation Center. In addition to developing assisted living facilities throughout Las Vegas, Jurbala is an active supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Beyond fund-raising and advocating for resources at the state and federal level, the Alzheimer’s Association promotes a variety of habits spanning four categories as proactive measures to reduce the risk of cognitive decline. The four main categories are physical health and exercise, cognitive activity, social engagement, and diet and nutrition and, on its website, the non-profit organization offers a number of examples of each.

Formal classroom-based education is one of the keys to maintaining a healthy brain, while other mentally-challenging activities such as word-based strategy games or high-level reading material can help. In regard to social engagement, simply joining a volunteer group or a book club can reduce the risk of depression. Better yet, joining a walking group can fill the need for social engagement and physical activity. Finally, two diets in particular have shown to reduce the risk of dementia and heart disease, one of which is heavy in whole grains and poultry, while the other limits red meat and emphasizes fruit, vegetables, and nuts.

For a complete list of proactive mental health measures, visit www.alz.org/brain-health/brain_health_overview.asp.

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Nutrition Programs for Children through Three Square in Nevada

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Three Square
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Thomas Jurbala serves as director of senior housing for The Calida Group in Las Vegas. A civic-minded resident of Las Vegas, Thomas Jurbala enjoys supporting local organizations, including the Three Square food bank system.

Three Square, a member of Feeding America, is the food bank serving Lincoln, Nye, Esmeralda, and Clark Counties in Nevada. Three Square works in cooperation with 1,300 local partners, allowing the organization to assist community members in three interrelated ways: 1) traditional food banking, 2) reclaiming surplus food through its food rescue program, and 3) providing ready-to-eat meals to people in need.

Three Square also maintains a focus on childhood hunger and nutrition in southern Nevada. More than 117,000 area children regularly experience hunger, which can cause them to struggle in school or face chronic health concerns that follow them into adulthood. To help, Three Square operates programs like BackPack for Kids and Kids Cafe.

BackPack for Kids provides area students with food for the weekend when they do not have access to school meals, and Kids Cafe serves children during the summer months. These programs ensure that local kids have access to food throughout the entire year.