Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

New book details the importance of movement and music in battling brain disease

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Airdate: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is recognized in June. Although a cure and even effective treatments for Alzheimers disease remain elusive, researchers continue efforts to find treatments to stop or delay the disease progression.

Appearing on Smart Talk Tuesday to share important statistics and what is on the horizon for treating the disease are Clay Jacobs, Executive Director, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, along with board member Kris Hansen-Kieffer, Ed.D., Vice Provost for Student Success & Engagement/Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology at Messiah University.

New book details the importance of movement and music in battling brain disease

In a new book, author Jem Spectar writes about the looming threat of neurodegenerative diseases, and that he believes people at risk should develop a plan of action to fight against these incurable disorders.

He argues that scientific research reveals how movement, exercise, and dance therapy are helping people in their struggle against brain diseases and that others can benefit from understanding the medicinal impact of rhythmic movement.

Author Jem Spectar, Ph.D., President of the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown, appears on Smart Talk Tuesday to share highlights of his book, Movement + Music = Medicine: Fight Alzheimer’s, Dementia & Parkinson’s.

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