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July 28, 2017 (La Mesa) – More than 60,000 people in San Diego County reportedly suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Another 150,000 people love and care for them. What are the risk factors for dementia and lifestyle factors associated with good brain health? What is the latest research telling us? Are there new daily habits that can improve brain health?

Answers to those questions will be available at “Maximizing Brain Health,” a free program at the Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.


Speaking at the program will be Amy Abrams, education and outreach manager, Alzheimer’s San Diego, a local, independent nonprofit organization providing care and support for San Diego families. Abrams manages the organization’s community education program, which provides critical dementia education for families, caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, as well as professionals and other interested members of the community.


According to Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, “Incidence rates of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are on the rise, affecting one in nine people over the age of 65. If you’re concerned about brain health, you’re not alone. Join us for a discussion about the latest research in brain health and some simple steps you can take to incorporate positive new habits into your daily routines.”


Alzheimer’s San Diego provides San Diego families who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia with hands-on support, information, and resources, while advancing critical local research for a cure. The nonprofit offers a wide variety of education classes throughout San Diego County, support groups throughout the county, social and activity programs for persons living with memory loss, and a respite care program.


The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site and online. The library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region. For more information, call the library at (619) 825‑5010 or visit

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