Actress Marilu Henner has the opposite of memory loss. So her rare instant recall made her the perfect speaker for Pam Polani’s fifth Brain Bowl for Alzheimers, Parkinson’s and dementia.
Looking great at 67, [even close up], Henner told 867 attendees she’s one of 37 people diagnosed with highly superior autobiographical memory.
Over the years she learned how to “turn the pilot light up or down,” she said Friday at Boca West.
“Everything you’ve be through is on your emotional hard drive,” added Henner, whose latest book is “Total Memory Makeover.”
Henner’s advice: “Learn to love the food that loves you. Exercise sends oxygen to the brain. Develop social relationships. Stress is a killer. Sleep is a cure-all.”
“These diseases effect every one of us,” said Polani, an attorney who founded the Brain Bowl and Alzheimer’s walk in Boca. She predicted “a silver tsumani” with so many Baby Boomers retiring here.
In Florida alone, 60,000 people have Parkinson’s and nearly a ½ million have Alzheimer’s disease, said neurologist and FAU medical school professor and researcher Dr. James Galvin.
With no cures and few treatments, “we could triple the number of people if we don’t do something now,” said Galvin, a leading U.S. expert on Lewy Body Dementia and other brain diseases.
Boxing gloves on each table, and emcee Michael McGann as the ring announcer carried out the “knock out these diseases” theme.
The joint fundraiser benefited the Alzheimers Association, the Parkinson’s Foundation, the Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center at Florida Atlantic University and Alzheimers Community Care.
Henner’s appearance was sponsored by philanthropist Marleen Forkas.
Kim Champion, president and founder of Champion Home Health Care, co-chaired the event.
Sculptor Yaacov and his wife Sue presented pins they designed to the 40-member committee. The luncheon was dedicated to the memory of committee member Jodi Friedman’s mother Toby Horowitz.
By Marci Shatzman