Saving Your Brain

What are you doing to reduce your risk of cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease?

Take the following quiz to find out!

About 23 percent of American age 65 and older experience cognitive decline (such as difficulty with memory). Cognitive decline is often the first step to dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Today, Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death (in Iowa and the U.S.) and it kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. No medications can prevent or cure Alzheimer's disease; however, you can reduce your risk of cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer's disease by up to 70 percent.

Take the quiz above to find how much you are already reducing your risk.




Saving Your Brain (and your body) Dementia Prevention 10-Week Programs Offered

Beginning in the Fall of 2021, there will be new Saving Your Brain virtual learning opportunities sponsored by the YMCA and Broadlawns Medical Center.  Both program options will address the following topics.      

  • Eat WellSaving Your Brain logo
  • Get Moving
  • Sleep Enough
  • Avoid Meds Bad for Brain
  • Address Chronic Conditions
  • Stay Sharp
  • Be Social
  • Keep Hydrated
  • Be Stress Resilient
  • Hear Well 

Four opportunities in the Des Moines Area

CLASS 1: September 1 - November 3, 2021.  Wednesdays 1 p.m. in-person at the Walnut Creek YMCA

CLASS 2: September 14 - November 16, 2012. Tuesdays 2 p.m. held virtually via ZOOM

CLASS 3: October 3 – December 12, 2021.  Sundays 12 p.m. in-person at the Wellmark YMCA (no class during Thanksgiving weekend and free parking on Sundays)

CLASS 4: October 7 – December 16, 2021.  Thursdays 10 a.m. in-person at the Wellmark YMCA (no class during Thanksgiving weekend)

The class cost is $200. Scholarships are available. Each class is two hours long, with four individual coaching sessions done at your convenience outside of class. During these Fall 2021 classes, Covid's impact on our communities will be watched closely and converting the in-person classes to Zoom may occur.

To register for a Des Moines class: Go to https://dmia.recliquecore.com/programs/42/ or call the Wellmark YMCA at 515-282-9622 

Four Pilot Classes Available Around Iowa

Atlantic Nisna Valley YMCA
Mondays, September 13 – November 5
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Forest City YMCA
Fridays, September 3 – November 5
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA
Thursdays, September 9 – November 11
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Mason City YMCA
Sundays, September 12 – November 14
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Pilot program registration is $50. To register for a pilot program, contact the local YMCA directly.     

Learn More:

Here are the different ways you can start reducing your risk today!

For more information about cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease see the following:

For Healthcare Providers:

For GroupsPrintable Resources:

"I  had already changed some of my lifestyle due to recommendations from the "Save Your Brain Quiz"! .......Then I mistakenly shared it with my husband!  ......He is now insisting that we have berries with every meal, we park in the furthest parking space away from our destination, and we no longer eat supper at 10:00 pm!"

"But all kidding aside, it was definitely a good thing to share because now - through easy changes in diet, physical activity, brain engagement, and social interactions - we are both well on our way to saving our brains and our bodies!"

- P.L., Iowa nurse