CSU, Chico News

Brain Expert to Speak in Chico

Date: 06-21-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Joe Cobery
Passages Adult Resource Center

It’s something to think about: By optimizing your brain function, can you develop the qualities of a magnificent mind enjoyed by the world’s most successful and happiest people? Dr. Daniel G. Amen, a renowned brain expert, will address this question when he presents “A Magnificent Mind at Any Age” tomorrow, June 22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Neighborhood Church, 2801 Notre Dame Blvd., in Chico.

Amen will show how many of the traditional approaches to overcoming the mind-centered challenges that hold people back either do not work or may make problems worse. “The true key to satisfaction and success at any age,” he says, “is a healthy brain.” The presentation will focus on the aging mind, including such issues as Alzheimer’s and memory loss.

Everything starts with the brain, Amen emphasizes: how you think, feel, interact with others, and how well you succeed in realizing your goals and dreams. When your brain works right, so do you. When it’s out of balance, you feel frustrated or worse. Yet, amid all the advice that bombards us daily about how to keep the rest of our bodies strong and healthy, we hear very little about how to keep the most complex and magnificent organ of all—the human brain—in top working order. Amen will pinpoint specific ways to tailor behavior, nutrition and lifestyle to effectively deal with common mental challenges.

Amen is a child and adult psychiatrist, brain-imaging specialist, author, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and CEO and medical director of Amen Clinics, Inc. He has appeared on The Dr. Phil Show and Oprah and has also written and produced three successful fundraising shows for public television. He has written 23 books, including A Magnificent Mind and Change Your Brain, Change Your Life.

Doors for this 1 p.m. event open at noon. Registration is required by calling 800-995-0878 or registering online at www.magnificentmind.eventbrite.com. There is no cost to attend; however, donations will be accepted at the door. Limited continuing education units will be available for $75.

Passages Mountain Caregiver Resource Center is hosting this event. It is co-sponsored by the Brain Injury Coalition in Chico.