A Pantry for Brain Health, A Toolkit for Caregivers
Join us for a wide range of tools and tips to eat healthy, resources to support family caregivers of loved ones living with dementia, as well as research updates on ending Alzheimer’s disease and narrowing its associated health disparities for people of color. This show and tell and discussion features Dr. Annie Fenn, physician, chef, and founder of Brain Health Kitchen; Dr. Eseosa Ighodaro, M.D., Ph.D., neurology physician, neuroscientist, and health advocate; and Elizabeth Humphreys, founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization Mind What Matters and host of the Mind What Matters podcast.
Presented in conjunction with the launch of Dr. Annie Fenn’s new book The Brain Health Kitchen: Preventing Alzheimer’s Through Food with 100 Recipes, in which she identifies essential ingredients and shows that eating to maintain brain health is easy, accessible, delicious, and necessary for everyone. This event is co-hosted by HFC and Mind What Matters.
This program is part of the February 2023 Reimagine Series “Food as Medicine: From Adversity to Abundance”, in which participants explore how both food and the hospitality industry transform loss into new pathways for growth and health.
Dr. Annie Fenn
Dr. Annie Fenn is the founder of the Brain Health Kitchen, the only cooking school of its kind focused exclusively on brain health and helping people prevent cognitive decline through food and lifestyle. After twenty years as a board-certified ob-gyn, she traded in her stethoscope for an apron to pursue her passion for the culinary arts. But it was her mother's diagnosis with dementia that helped Fenn find her path and her new calling, one that enabled her to not only help her mother but also create significant and meaningful impact for others. Fenn lives in Jackson, Wyoming. Find her on Instagram at @brainhealthkitchen
Elizabeth is the founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Mind What Matters and host of the Mind What Matters podcast. She is also a public speaker on the topics of Alzheimer's/Dementia, caregiving and grief. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Rhodes College.
Elizabeth got involved in the Alzheimer’s community after being the primary caregiver for her mother, who has early onset. She recognized the need for an organization that exists uniquely for the caregiving community and one that also provides financial resources and support for the families affected by neurocognitive disease. With the help of a small driven team and a powerhouse Board of Directors, Elizabeth has built Mind What Matters into a nonprofit organization that makes a huge positive impact on families affected by Alzheimer’s disease across the country. In just two years, they have given respite care grants to over 60 families in 28 states. When she’s not working or being a mom of three children with her husband Hunter, she is an avid marathon runner and loves to cook brain healthy meals, a hobby she learned from her Mother.
Dr. Eseosa Ighodaro, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Eseosa Ighodaro, M.D., Ph.D. is a senior neurology resident physician at Mayo Clinic. She obtained both her medical degree (M.D.) and her research doctorate degree in neuroanatomy (PhD) at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine where she was the 1st African American female to complete the combined degree program. She has published numerous articles on Alzheimer's disease and racial health inequalities that have been featured in prestigious medical journals including Nature and Nature Medicine. Recently, she published the foreword to Mayo Clinic's new book for caregivers titled "Day to Day: Living with Dementia". She currently serves on the scientific advisory board for HFC, a nonprofit organization assisting Alzheimer's disease patients and their families. She is also the founder and president of Ziengbe, a non-profit health advocacy organization. For more information regarding Dr. Ighodaro's work, visit her professional website: www.dreseosaighodaro.com