An ex­er­cise for your body – and mind

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Florida At­lantic Univer­sity’s Car­ing Hearts Aux­il­iary of the Louis and Anne Green Mem­ory andWell­ness Center will host the eighth an­nual “Keep Mem­o­ries Alive - Ex­er­cise Your Mind” walkNov. 3 at 9 a.m., at the Town Center at Boca Ra­ton, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Ra­ton. The pre­sent­ing spon­sor will be Bobby Camp­bell, chair­man and CEO of BBC In­ter­na­tional.

“The hard work of our Car­ing Hearts Aux­il­iary en­ables the center to con­tinue state of the art, ev­i­dence-based pro­grams and ser­vices that are so im­por­tant to fam­i­lies liv­ing with mem­ory dis­or­ders,” said Dr. María Ordóñez, in­terim di­rec­tor of the Louis and Anne Green Mem­ory andWell­ness Center. “We are deeply ap­pre­cia­tive and know that ev­ery dol­lar raised counts.”

Cut­ler Altier, CEO and pres­i­dent of Altier Jewel­ers, has ex­pe­ri­enced the pain and tragedy of Alzheimer’s - his grand­fa­ther and founder of the com­pany, Joseph Altier, passed away last year from the disease. As the disease pro­gressed, se­nior Altier spent sev­eral years as a par­tic­i­pant at the center. Cut­ler, his brother Will, and his grand­mother Mar­jorie are hon­orary chairs of this year’s walk.

“Mar­jorie, Will, Cut­ler and the ex­tended Altier fam­ily rep­re­sent what the Keep Mem­o­ries Alive Walk is all about,” said Terry Fedele, Car­ing Hearts Aux­il­iary board pres­i­dent and co-chair of the event. “The Mem­ory andWell­ness Center pro­vides an ac­tive and se­cure place for fam­i­lies to bring loved ones who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing mem­ory loss, and the care­giver sup­port pro­grams have a pos­i­tive im­pact on life at home. We are so grate­ful for Pre­sent­ing Spon­sor Bobby Camp­bell and Hon­orary Am­bas­sador Chris­tine E. Lynn’s un­end­ing gen­eros­ity, and are now hon­ored to have the Altiers as part of this year’s event.”

The Mem­ory andWell­ness Center av­er­ages 16,000 vis­its per year and of­fers a wide range of ser­vices and pro­grams to in­di­vid­u­als with mild to mod­er­ate mem­ory dis­or­ders, in­clud­ing Alzheimer’s disease and re­lated de­men­tias. Con­struc­tion is un­der­way on a 5,000-square-foot ex­ten­sion to the adult day center, and is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of the year. It will be con­nected to the cur­rent adult day center via a cov­ered walk­way.

In Jan­uary 2013, the adult day center was the first in Florida to be named a “Spe­cial­ized Alzheimer’s Ser­vices Center” by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Di­vi­sion of Health Qual­ity As­sur­ance.

Walk­ers that raise and sub­mit a min­i­mum of $30 be­fore the event, or $40on­the dayof the event, will re­ceive the “Keep Mem­o­ries Alive Walk” T-Shirt while sup­plies last. For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, call 561-297-4066 or visit fauf.fau.edu/keep­mem­o­riesalive.

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