Activist Maria Shriver Shares Her Story at Free Brain Health Fair This Friday

Mayor Declares Brain Health Awareness Day in Boston

BOSTONWhat: 2017 Brain Health Fair (Presented by the American Academy of Neurology) When: Friday, April 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Sign up Now: Sign up for free at to get the latest event updates Maria Shriver, journalist, activist, author, former First Lady of California, and the founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, will be a special guest speaker at the 2017 Brain Health Fair, presented by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). This free, one-day-only event includes fun, hands-on activities, and connects the public with some of the best and brightest neurologists in the world to learn the latest advances in the treatment of neurologic disorders. As one of the nation’s leading advocates for families struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, Shriver will be speaking about The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and Move For Minds, an annual live event she founded that raises awareness of the brain-body connection. In acknowledgment of the Brain Health Fair, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has declared “Brain Health Awareness Day” in the City of Boston. The Brain Health Fair is open to all Boston area neurology patients, caregivers, families, students and anyone interested in brain health. Diseases that will be covered during the event include multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's and dementia, epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson's and movement disorders, pain and headache, concussion, the latest advances in child neurology, and others. The event will include how to spot a concussion, dance therapy, support groups, activities for kids and teens, and free giveaways and resources. Activities of special interest for patients, families, and caregivers:

  • “Ask a Neurologist” booths—talk to expert neurologists
  • Learn about the latest treatments and research advances
  • Get prevention and healthy lifestyle tips
  • Pick up free resources
Other activities:
  • Walk through an inflatable, interactive brain
  • Hold an actual human brain
  • View animal brains—from mouse to dolphin
  • Create brain-inspired arts and crafts
  • Learn how nerves govern your senses at the cranial nerve stations
  • Pick up a free bike helmet at the helmet giveaway (supplies limited)
  • Free copies of Neurology Now® magazine in English and Spanish
  • Special Spanish presentation on "The Challenge of Alzheimer's Disease in the 21st Century/ El Desafío de la Enfermedad de Alzheimer en el Siglo XXI"
  • Care Resource Lounge—free information and resources for caregivers
  • Build your own healthy snack during an executive chef demonstration
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of us in Boston to learn from top neurologists who will be at the Brain Health Fair to answer questions from patients and caregivers,” said Martin A. Samuels, MD, MACP, Chairman, Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Miriam Sydney Joseph Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. “These experts will also share the latest advances in the prevention and treatment of brain diseases, and the many ways for people to maintain a healthy brain.”

“We are thrilled to be hosting the American Academy of Neurology and the 2017 Brain Health Fair,” said David Gibbons, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to engage with world-renowned medical experts and we encourage anyone in the local community interested in brain health to attend.”

The Brain Health Fair is presented by the American Academy of Neurology, which will bring an estimated 13,000 neurologists and health care professionals to Boston, April 22-28 for its 69th Annual Meeting, the world’s largest gathering of neurologists.

About the American Academy of Neurology
The American Academy of Neurology is the world’s largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals, with 32,000 members. The AAN is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, concussion, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.

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About the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA)
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority owns and oversees the operations of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA, the Boston Common Parking Garage, and the Lawn on D Powered by Citizens Bank. The BCEC and Hynes have earned a rare gold standard from the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), making Boston only the fourth city in North America and the 12th worldwide to have been awarded this top standard, the highest certification level a convention facility can achieve under strict AIPC guidelines.


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