From left, Caitlin Silva, RD, LDN, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Nashoba Valley Medical Center; Maryellen King, Director of Community Relations at Concord Park Senior Living; Virginia Leonard, Business Development Manager at Nashoba Valley Medical Center; Stephanie Burton, Executive Director at Nashoba Park Assisted Living.
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AYER – There is no question that eating a diet rich in brain-healthy foods can benefit people at any and every age – it reduces inflammation, regulates blood sugar, promotes heart health and scientists are now finding it may have an effect on delaying the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

On March 20, residents of Ayer had the opportunity to hear from experts on how making more healthful and mindful food choices can benefit your brain and whole body health. Nashoba Valley Medical, Nashoba Park Assisted Living and Concord Park Senior Living hosted a presentation at the Ayer Library on these topics.

Presenter Caitlin Silva, RD, LDN clinical nutrition manager at Nashoba Valley Medical Center, spoke on the value of nutrition and the importance of reading labels.

Stephanie Burton, executive director at Nashoba Park, and Maryellen King, director of community relations at Concord Park, provided guests with “Brain Healthy Cooking,” an educational program that allows individuals to learn and experience a way of eating and cooking that promotes whole body and brain health. This presentation demonstrates how easy nutrition guidelines and recipes can get you started on the road to a healthier mind and improved memory. The presentation was accompanied by a brain-healthy meal featuring roasted turkey wraps, cinnamon broccoli salad and quinoa oatmeal squares.

Senior Living Residences is the developer of the Brain Healthy Cooking Program, an award-winning nutrition program that brings residents at their assisted-living communities delicious tastetested brain healthy choices on their daily menus and offers hearthealthy, memory boosting advice and recipes for anyone through their companion website www.Brain- HealthyCooking.com.

SLR’s Brain Healthy Cooking program is largely based on the popular and well-researched Mediterranean diet, and features “brain healthy foods” such as dark berry fruits, leafy green vegetables, whole grains, herbs, spices, fish and seafood.