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UC Memory Institute Forget Me Not Gala raises money for research

UC Memory Institute Forget-Me-Not Gala raises money for research (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - You are invited to join hundreds of others this week in support of new research to stop memory problems.

The “Forget Me Not Gala” is this week and it brings together those who are raising money to fighting memory problems such as Alzheimer’s with some of the best researchers in the country.

The goal is funding studies that change the future of this disease so that people can create memories that will literally last a lifetime.

“There's a combination of factors that are ultimately lead to cognitive impairment,” said Dr. Rhonna Shatz of the UC Health Memory Institute.

Dr. Rhonna says it's important to note that just because you get older, it doesn't mean you will have memory problems.

“We don't accept that just because you are a certain age, that something is expected,” said Dr. Rhonna.

Dr. Rhonna is head of University of Cincinnati Memory Institute.

The gala, which is a dinner and wine auction, raises money for research.

Both Dr. Rhonna and Trudy Gaillard of the UC College of Nursing help conduct that research.

They say it’s up to all of us to help people we love identify the early warning signs.

They often go undiagnosed for years before there's evidence in the brain.

“My favorite story to tell is of my neighbor. She almost memorized what she was going to tell the doctor,” said Trudy.

Their best advice right now is for everyone to realize that if you want to do one thing to lower your own risk of memory problems you should eat a plant based diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables and give yourself some kind of outlet, such as exercise, to manage stress.

“Anything that causes stress, causes inflammation and inflammation is something the body doesn't tolerate really well,” said Dr. Rhonna.

The Forget Me Not Gala is Friday October 6th at The Phoenix on Race Street.

You can still get tickets to come join the wine tasting. You can find details by following this link.

Local 12’s Liz Bonis will emcee the event.

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