About This Event
INTRODUCTION: Brain aging is inevitable to some extent, but not uniform. It affects everyone or every brain differently. As we age, the body system gradually and progressively degenerates including the brain. The research question thus is “ is brain aging a slippery slope that we need to accept or are there steps we can take to prevent, reduce or stop its declination or degeneration’’.
Slowing down brain aging or stopping it altogether would be the ultimate nostrum to achieve eternal youth. Several brain studies in brain-aging conundrum have revealed some categories of the aged population to be Super-agers. These groups are rare groups of individuals over the age of 80yrs but have memories as sharp as healthy people decades younger. Reports of research by Northwestern University of Feinberg school of medicine in Chicago unearth that the brain of these super-agers shrinks at a slower rate than their age-matched peers consequently by their adopted lifestyles which serves as therapy or strategy that help slow and/or prevent brain deterioration. These lifestyles include partaking in regular physical activities, pursuing intellectually stimulating activities, staying socially active, managing stress, eating healthily and eating well, knowing and avoiding neurotoxic substances.
OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAM: Brain awareness is enormously and urgently needed in Oluyole Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria because of the prevalence of aged individuals as well as some frustrated and depressed youth with deteriorated mental health. Therefore, proper sensitization and education on the protection of the brain will enable people especially the youth in the area have strong mental health which consequently will lead to the development of our community and to the socio-economic growth of the country at large. Also, adults in the area will have access to proper information on brain protection thereby reducing liability or nuisance aged population in our community.
NATURE OF THE PROGRAM: We intend to carry-out several events during the awareness program which include:
A road-walk campaign and sensitization.
Launch a social media campaign to spread information on how to protect the brain.
Give lecture on the theme “protect the brain and age youthfully”.
Organize hand-on activities, games, competition and experiment by making some brain specimen and models available for students. We intend to give lectures in English and local language (Yoruba) for effective information and knowledge transfer.
SUMMARY OF THE EVENTS WITH SCHEDULED DATES
21st OF MARCH, 2020
ROAD WALK AND LAUNCH OF SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN
22nd OF MARCH, 2020.
HAND ON ACTIVITIES, EXPERIMENTS USING BRAIN SPECIMENS AND MODELS, BRAIN BEE COMPETION FOR STUDENTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOL.
23rd OF MARCH, 2020.
GIVE LECTURE ON THE THEME OF THE EVENT
EXPECTED OUTCOME: At the end of the program, we would have successfully educated, re-orientate and sensitize people of different categories about the proper knowledge of the brain.