UW Health Expert to Give Statewide Keynote on Brain Health During COVID-19

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Madison, Wisconsin - A UW Health geriatrician and Alzheimer’s disease researcher will give a speech to a statewide audience tomorrow about how to maintain proper brain health during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dr. Nathaniel Chin, medical director of Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC), will give the keynote address for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Educating America Tour Wisconsin Virtual Conference on Thursday, August 20 at 10:30am.


“At the ADRC, we focus on lifestyle preventions as they relate to brain health; researching exercise, nutrition, sleep, cognitive engagement, stress reduction and socialization as a mechanism for brain health and wellness,” said Dr. Chin. “When looking at the conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms, they overlap greatly with the conditions that increase the risk of dementia.”


Dr. Chin offers the following tips:

  • Be active during quarantine. Avoid being sedentary by doing chair exercises, going outside for exercise, or getting up frequently throughout the day. 
  • Be conscious of emotional eating. Talking with family and friends, going for a walk, and limiting sweets and fried foods are productive ways to acknowledge your stress and emotions, while seeking more positive approaches. 
  • Prioritize sleep. Get 8 hours each night of quality sleep. Avoid watching television immediately prior to bed. 
  • Keep challenging your brain. Consider activities such as reading, playing music, taking on a new hobby, or playing cards.

The AFA’s Educating America Tour is virtual this year, free of charge and open to everyone. The conference will provide important information to Wisconsin residents on Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, caregiving and planning. Visit the event page to register and view the full agenda.


Video: Dr. Nate Chin Shares How to Maintain Proper Brain Health During the COVID-19 pandemic



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Date Published: 08/19/2020

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