(WJBF) – Greater Young Zion Baptist Church is holding many events to help empower the church and community in many areas of health. And they have another event coming up.

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

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

“We have partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to bring a series of trainings to the community. CSRA is open to all and the goal of Alzheimer’s, of course, is to pave the way to ending Alzheimer’s and all other dementia-like diseases. The first training we had was on June 16. And it was on the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s.”

This is what you all came for, right?

“We were here, yes. We were actually here for this as well. And it was related to memory loss, planning and solutions and a lot of other information was given. And the other one that we are bringing on the 22nd is 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 affect the brain and how it affects our behavior. So that’s what we are going to do on June 22.”

Alexis, can you give us a little bit of insight into what you’ll be able to teach people who attend this event?

“Absolutely. So with healthy living for your brain and body, this workshop covers four areas and they are cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition and social engagement. Unfortunately, we don’t have a cure for Alzheimer’s disease right now and we don’t know how to prevent it, but we do know some lifestyle factors that may contribute to reducing our risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. So we will look at those lifestyle changes and how it can be beneficial for our brain and body to reduce one’s risk of developing it in the future.”

Do you have any statistics about how prevalent it is in certain people?

“Yeah. So Alzheimer’s and other dementias kill more people than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined. Wow. And so we know, we hear a lot of people struggling with prostate cancer and breast cancer and how many people it affects. So just think of those two combined. And it’s even higher for Alzheimer’s disease. It’s more prevalent in women. African American individuals are twice as likely to have it and then people of Hispanic culture are one and a half times more likely. So we just try to make sure that we’re getting the word out and spreading awareness so people understand, you know, what it is, understand the warning signs and look for ways that they can contribute to at least reducing their risk factor.”

Pastor, why was it so important for you to get involved with the Alzheimer’s Association so that you could bring these different options to the church?

“Well, it’s really in line with our purpose. Um, you know, and follow the followers of Christ. You know, he had a three-dimensional ministry that included 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 reach out to the community and take care of the issues that have to do with not only our physical health, but our mental health as well. Um, I want everybody to know that the workshop that we’re doing, um, first of all you missed the first one. You can get it on Facebook, you can get it on YouTube through our, our Facebook page. But you can also download our app, which is Greater Young Zion, uh, church and go to our community resources page and you’ll find a lot of information about what we’re doing and you can also register online for this conference.”

Let’s talk about the registration process. Can you tell me a little about it?

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

The event will be held on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Greater Young Zion Baptist Church.

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