Greater Young Zion, Alzheimer’s Association partnering for wellness events

(WJBF) – Greater Young Zion Baptist Church putting on a number of events to be able to help the church and the community be empowered in several areas of their health. And they have another event.

Senior Pastor William Bout Sr., Barbara Hampton, and Alexis Williams joined us to talk about their next event on June 22.

Ms. Barbara, since you always like to go first, tell me a little bit about the event that’s happening on the 22nd.

“What we have done is partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association in order to bring a series of trainings to the community. The CSRA is open to all and the Alzheimer’s purpose, of course is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia type diseases. The first one that we gave was in June 16th. And it was the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s.”

Y’all were here for that, right?

“We were here, yeah. We actually were here for that as well. And it had to do with memory loss, planning and solving and a lot of other information was given. And the second one that we are bringing on on the 22nd is the Alzheimer’s Healthy Living for your brain and body, at which time we are going to discuss scientific based information that helps us understand how dementia and Alzheimer’s affects the brain and affects our behavior. So that is what we are gonna be doing on June 22nd.”

Alexis, can you give us a little preview as far as what you’d be able to teach the folks who are going to be at the event?

“Absolutely. So with Healthy Living for your Brain and Body, this workshop covers four areas and that’s cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition and social engagement. Unfortunately, we do not have a cure for Alzheimer’s disease right now and we don’t know how to prevent it, but we do know certain lifestyle factors that can contribute with lowering our risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. So we’ll look at those lifestyle changes to see how that can be beneficial to our brain and body to hopefully lower the risk of someone developing it in the future.”

You do have some stats as far as how prevalent this is with some folks?

“Yes. So Alzheimer’s and other dementias kills more individuals than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined. Wow. And so we know, we hear many people deal with prostate cancer and breast cancer and how that affects so many people. So just imagine combining those two. And that’s still more for Alzheimer’s disease. It’s more prevalent in women. It’s two times more likely in African American individuals and then one and a half more, um, likely in those that are as of Hispanic culture. So we just try to make sure we are passing out words and spreading awareness so people can understand, you know, what it is, understand the warning signs and see about ways that they can contribute to at least reducing their risk factor.”

Pastor, why was it so important for you to connect with the Alzheimer’s Association to be able to bring these different options to the church?

“Well, it’s right in line with our purpose, really. Um, you know, and follow followers of Christ. You know, he’s three dimensional ministry he had was preaching, teaching and healing. Uh, and part of that is to be concerned about the body. You know, the body is the temple Yes sir. Of the Holy Spirit. So, you know, we need to be more aggressive and reaching out to the community and taking care of those issues that involves not only our physical health, but our mental health as well. Um, I want everybody to know that this workshop that we are doing, um, firstly you miss the first one. You can get it on Facebook, you can get it on YouTube through our, our our Facebook page. But you can also download our app, which is Greater Young Zion, uh, church and go our community resource page and you’ll get a lot of information about what we’re doing and you can register for this conference online as well.”

Let’s talk about the registration process. Can you share a little bit that for me?

“Absolutely. As Pastor has just said, you will be able to register on our app. Please download our app and you will have a registration page. If you are unable to do that, you can certainly call the church and leave a message for me, uh, that while I will reach and I’ll reach out to you to get you registered if you cannot do so.”

The event is Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to Noon at Greater Young Zion Baptist Church.

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