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Memory Ball Toronto is back with its Sixth Annual Gala Event, proudly hosted by the Young Leaders Council of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto
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Like most urbanites, I enjoy a good drink on a Friday or Saturday night.  I’ve read countless studies about the benefits of red wine for heart health, or even more recently how it may be more effective than a trip to the gym[i] although I’m not sure if I believe that one.   However, there hasn't been much attention on the (health) benefits of beer drinking, until now. A recent study noted that beer hops have a property that can help protect brain cells[ii]. Apparently, this can help prevent the development of neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson's. As a Memory Ball executive, and member of the Alzheimer’s community, this is a very exciting discovery! My taste for beer has developed overnight, which is perfect because for the first time in Memory Ball history, we will be welcoming a Beer Sponsor to our event! Woodhouse Brewing Co. is a local brewery with a growing following in Toronto. It’s got an unmistakable blue can (completely in line with our Memory Ball branding by the way), and only uses four ingredients, water, barley, hops and yeast[iii].  Woodhouse is small batch, craft brewing at its finest.woodhouse lager

Christie Preston of Preston Fitness and the Beauty and the Bod Blog has been a longtime supporter and friend of Memory Ball. Christie is a stellar personal and group trainer who promotes healthy habits and exercise as a way to live a better life -- and trust us when we say, her enthusiasm is infectious. Not only that, but Christie has a very positive view on working out, she believes in balance. We love her because she won't make us feel badly about having a cupcake or 2, but... she may make us do extra burpees. We hope you love this video as much as we love working out with Christie. 

January has come and gone, but your resolution to be more active doesn't need to. Our guest blogger, Kathleen Beveridge, has provided some yoga tips that will keep your brain and body healthy, and help you stay on track with your workout routine. yogaRegular yoga practice, meditation and physical postures are starting to spread as more and more research is done on the benefits of these activities. Let’s discuss how yoga can help those with Alzheimer’s, as well as how yoga helps to stimulate brain health. For those already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, incorporating a regular yoga practice (with modifications and adjustments based on stage of the disease) allows for gentle physical activity, can help to reduce depression, and also provides social interaction. Yoga is based on muscle memory, rather than an intangible thought, yet this movement is actually beneficial for brain and body health.

by: Sarah Ohm merunning We all know the benefits of exercise on your body... but have you ever thought about the impact of exercise on your brain and mental health? To keep things simple, think of your brain like any other part of your body... if you don’t use it, you lose it, right? You lift heavy weights in the gym to keep your body sharp, just like you can perform brain fitness programs to keep your memory sharp... but there are definitely some benefits of exercising, especially cardiovascular exercise, on the brain specifically.