Memory Matters hosts annual Brain Health Summit to educate community about memory loss


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WSAV) – One Hilton Head nonprofit is working to help you and your family stay on top of your brain health.

Memory Matters is helping people with memory loss in their homes during the pandemic, as well as their family members and caregivers.

The organization has been serving people with dementia for more than 23 years.

The nonprofit hosted its fourth annual Brain Health Summit Wednesday to educate people on the importance of mental health and how to ward off disease.

WSAV’s Tina Tyus-Shaw moderated the event.

Panelists also discussed anxiety and stress as it relates to the pandemic.

Brain Health Specialist and Director of Programs at Memory Matters Maureen Gleason said the summit explored five basic brain health interventions: exercise, diet, socialization, continuous lifelong learning. “And being able to cool our brain by making sure we get enough sleep and rest,” she continued.

“I like to say that brain health starts in the womb and ends in the tomb. We need to be thinking about our brain health throughout our entire life,” she added.

The conference was held virtually this year. Gleason says Memory Matters created a virtual community so community members who needed their services could stay connected with their programs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are here for both the participant and the caregiver,” Gleason said. “We offer many avenues of support through our support groups and one-on-one counseling as well as some caregiver education courses.”

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