Activate Your Brain in April

Free Resources to Promote Your Brain Health

April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The Association of Parkinson’s is urging everyone to “Start a Conversation” with friends, family, neighbors, healthcare teams, local businesses and community leaders.

Naturally we thought it would be a great time to start a discussion of our own surrounding brain health. So this month, we have set out to promote brain health and to discuss several ways you can keep your mind sharp and active.

  1. Register for a Memory Screening

Early Detection of Memory Loss is Critical to Long-Term Brain Health

We know that memory loss is a top concern for many of us as we get older. You may be afraid of having difficulty interacting in social situations, or even worse, not recognizing your family members as you get older.

We don’t want you to be afraid of anything. That is why we offer memory screenings to you, and highly encourage these screenings for everyone over the age of 60.

A memory screening is the first step to identify if you have a memory problem. A screening will either reassure you that your memory is in tiptop shape or, if we detect a problem, indicate the need for further treatment to prevent further damage.

Early detection of memory loss is critical since it may indicate much greater issues, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Although there is no cure to this disease, treatments are available to slow the progression of the disease. There is ongoing, active research to find a cure so one day they will be able to enjoy a higher quality of life as long as possible.

If you are concerned about your memory and/or have noticed changes in you memory, we encourage you to have a memory screening. Memory screenings are free to all members of the community. You do not have to be a patient to have a screening. You can schedule a screening by calling 352-674-1779.

  1. Learn About Our Neurology Services

The Diagnosis, Management & Treatment of Neurological Disorders

John Castaldo, MD Neurology

In the event you experience symptoms, such as excessive headaches, facial pain, memory loss or a stroke – after consulting with one of our Primary Care Physicians, you may need to consult with Dr. John Castaldo, our American Board Certified Neurologist.

Dr. Castaldo and his team can diagnose brain issues, and provide treatment plans that stabilize and/or minimize symptoms while offering relief as quickly as possible. His team commonly diagnoses, treats, and manages common conditions, but also has the expertise to provide care for complex and rare neurological disorders.

Common Conditions

  • Headache and Facial Pain
  • Memory Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Parkinson and Movement Disorder
  • Essential Tremor
  • Gait Ataxia
  • Seizure Disorder
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Muscle Disorder, Including ALS, Myasthenia, and Myopathy

For more information about our neurology services, please visit TheVillagesHealth.com/specialty-services/neurology/

  1. Attend the Free “Effective Communication and Dementia” Class

Strategies and Tips for Successful Communication with Loved Ones

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, memory loss or any other decline in mental abilities – it is truly a scary time for you and your family.

We want you to know that there is hope and we have resources that will help prepare you for the journey ahead. The Learning Center offers a free course titled, “Effective Communication and Dementia”, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association of North and Central Florida, to provide helpful tips and strategies for successful communication with loved ones suffering from dementia.

All of our courses are free to the entire community. You do not have to be a patient to attend, so please remember to bring a friend.

April Classes

Tuesday, April 10 at 1:00 PM
Mulberry Grove Care Center
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Tuesday, April 10 at 3:00 PM
Belleview Care Center
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Wednesday, April 25 at 3:00 PM
Colony Care Center
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You can view all upcoming courses at TheVillagesHealth.com/learning-center.