Reading through the evaluation sheets from our first Minding Your Mind seminar on Saturday 25th June we were delighted with the encouragement and positive feedback in making the day a success. For the past few months the team were extremely busy given of their free time in organising this event and were delighted that it was received well.
Chinese Medicine Herbalist and research development scientist Martin Fitzgerald was first to speak his talk on prevention being the best cure and five easy steps we can all do to help improve the quality of our lives.
Diet/Nutrition food as medicine, eating brain foods such as coconut oil, which helps to repair and regenerate neurons. Blueberries which help eliminate free radicals and prevent the build up of plaque, turmeric which is an anti inflammatory.
Exercise doing short 10 minute intervals twice daily as opposed to a marathon once a week, this approach he stated proves more beneficial to the body and mind in the long term.
Water drinking plenty of fresh clean water which hydrates the body and helps to keep it in balance.
Sleep Martin said the best time for sleeping is around 10.30pm he also stated repair and regeneration of cells takes place between the hours of 1am and 3am.
Stimulating the mind Keeping the mind active learning new things challenges the brain which helps to fire of the neurons creating new pathways. Martin also gave an energising Tai Chi demonstration which engages body mind and soul and helps to raise vibrations.
Martin was followed by Sr Bernadette Sweeney with the voice of an angel Sr Bernadette engaged the audience in singing some of the songs that are taught at the Memory Lane Choir Crumlin she spoke about the power of music and how it can engage those living with Alzheimer’s disease. She also showed a short inspirational film which was recorded with carers and their loved ones rehearsing in the memory lane choir, her talk also touched on the ego, which she said their is no place for it in the caring community and that every individual should be treated with dignity and respect.
Bernadette Bowen cancer survivor and author of seven self help books our third speaker spoke about nutrition and modern food production. She spoke of the high levels of genetically modified foods which contain high quantities of sugar salt and additives which contribute to the many diseases that we are experiencing in today’s society as opposed to a century ago. She also spoke highly of juicing raw organic fruits and vegetables and voiced her concerns around the consumption of animal products. She said disease is disease regardless whether it’s Alzheimer’s, Cancer, diabetes etc, and how juicing and eating healthy foods with a high content of antioxidants can help eradicate free radicals that are produced and stored in our bodies.
A number of short workshops were organised, Phil a Capacitor therapist was in room 1 while Catherine led the EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques group in room 2, Donna Psychotherapist/Counsellor invited individuals to participate in her counselling group session were the individuals were free to speak about any concerns or issues they had using objects as prompts to stimulate the memory process and association.
In the main hallway people were queuing up to receive Indian Head Massage from Capacitor therapist Marie while Tomas set up 2 treatment beds in the corner of the hall which proved very popular with the public on the day as person after person accessed the treatment beds which help to align the body. Tomas also displayed an array of organic products (ie) Lions Mane which is recommended for brain health, teas/coffee rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which release energy at a slower rate and help in regeneration of cells in the body to name but a few.
The feedback received from the public suggested that more information seminars and workshops need to be rolled out on a regular basis.
Disrupting Alzheimer’s Project would like to thank all of you who attended the Minding Your Mind Seminar, we would also like to thank our speakers, volunteers, the Barbara Ward Clonliffe and Croke Pk Community Centre for the venue, our sponsors namely Supervalu, News & Yarn, Creative Flowers and Tesco, Blanchardstown, and local TD Jack Chambers but especially our core team for making this a very special day for all concerned.
Disrupting Alzheimer’s Project Leader