Please join us for 2021 Healthy Brain Webinar Series for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities!
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 (2 - 3 DST)
Nutrition and Brain Health for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Dawna Torres Mughal, PhD, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND, Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences at Gannon University
This webinar will focus on the role of nutrition in brain health across the life span. It includes guidelines for reducing risks for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their caregivers. Since promoting brain health is multifactorial, the webinar will also discuss the importance of physical activity, sleep and relaxation and social interactions to the individuals’ overall health How do you enhance these lifestyle factors? Hypertension (high blood. Pressure), diabetes, hyperlipidemia (high blood cholesterol), and obesity are known risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. Practical dietary principles will be discussed that can help persons with IDD and their caregivers reach their health target in these areas. It should be noted that although certain nutrients help with brain function and disease treatment, what matters is not one food or one nutrient but the total dietary pattern individualized to each person’s needs. The nutrients will be translated to culturally appropriate food choices.