Next month, the London Children’s Museum is hosting Brain Fair 2015, a free public event to celebrate the brain with expert speakers, art, games, brain food, door prizes and more. The fair is for healthcare professionals, caregivers, those affected by brain disorders and anyone interested in brain health. The fair will focus on several topics including:
- How the brain works
- Keeping your brain strong and healthy
- Illnesses, disorders and conditions that affect the brain
- Services available to those diagnosed or living with a brain condition
- Support services available to family and caregivers
The Brain Fair is just one in a series of activities planned for the larger campaign called Year of the Brain 2015. This campaign brings together 17 brain-related organizations in southwestern Ontario, including Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex Branch, and aims to increase awareness of the role the brain plays in our well-being and to address the urgent need for improved support services for those affected by a brain condition, their families and caregivers.
Approximately one in three Canadians suffers from a brain condition. The impact is even greater when the financial and emotional costs to families and caregivers are considered. Anyone can be affected by a brain condition at any time, no matter what age, gender or cultural background.
Brain conditions include both neurological disorders (e.g. Alzheimer’s, stroke, brain injury, brain tumours, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s) and mental illnesses (e.g. depression, addiction).
For more information about the Brain Fair, visit their Facebook page.
For more information about the campaign and other activities planned throughout 2015, go to the Year of the Brain 2015 website.