BOOST YOUR BRAIN Center for Brain Health Offers Proven Ways to Lower Alzheimer’s Disease Risk By Susan J. White reventing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease is a bold assertion, but NorthShore’s Demetrius “Jim” Maraganore, MD, stands by the promise that the NorthShore Center for Brain Health is doing just that. “When we launched the Center a few years ago, some experts were raising their eyebrows at the notion of engaging patients in prevention strategies,” explained Dr. Maraganore, the Ruth Cain Ruggles Chair of Neurology and Medical Director of NorthShore Neurological Institute. “But there’s rapidly growing acceptance of evidence-based approaches to modify risk factors, slow brain Dr. Demetrius “Jim” Maraganore leads a multidisciplinary team of aging and protect against brain degeneration.” More than 400 patients are now coming to the experts at NorthShore’s Center for Center for Brain Health—a testament to the Brain Health. community’s desire to learn how to protect and improve their own brain health. Part of NorthShore’s Center for Personalized Medicine, it is one of the ﬁ rst centers in the country to focus on preventing Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related brain disorders. WOMEN AT HIGHER RISK Watching both of her elderly parents struggle with dementia and knowing that women are twice as likely as men to develop Alzheimer’s symptoms motivated Stephanie Vlahakis to see Dr. Maraganore. A certiﬁ ed Integrated Health Coach, the 57-year-old Vlahakis of Winnetka has always been focused on a healthy continued on page 6 4 CONNECTIONS FALL 2017 OUTSMARTING ALZHEIMER’S NorthShore Center for Brain Health Medical Director Demetrius “Jim” Maraganore, MD, offers guidance to improve your brain health on Healthy You , NorthShore’s online source for timely health and wellness news, at northshore.org/r4 .