Speakers Bureau—
Brain Health Matters III

A series of talks to educate the community about brain healthy lifestyles

As part of our mission to educate and support families and the community, Amazing Place offers these free programs about dementia and brain health which can be presented to your group, organization, church or company.

For more information or to arrange for one or more of these presentations, please contact Susan Giles, Amazing Place Community and Church Liaison at 713.552.0420 or sgiles@amazingplacehouston.org.


The Keys to Healthy Aging

by Sally Davis, RN, MSN, Amazing Place Health Services Director

Many factors affect how well we age – our genes, our environment, and our lifestyle. Our lifestyle encompasses habits that can either increase or decrease our chances of aging successfully. The seven habits that are the most directly under our control are the focus of this presentation.


Worried About Your Memory? It May not be Dementia!

by Sally Davis, RN, MSN, Amazing Place Health Services Director

Memory lapses are not always caused by dementia. Many adults over 50 worry about becoming forgetful; it is natural to feel uneasy when you forget something. However, many memory lapses are simply the result of normal aging changes and not dementia. How can you tell the difference? Sally Davis, RN, MSN, will review situations attributed to age-related changes and share lifestyle habits that can increase your chances of aging successfully.


Shining the Light on Early Stage Memory Loss

by Sally Davis, RN, MSN, Amazing Place Health Services Directorn

Has your dad been having challenges with calculating the tip at dinner? Has your mom started repeating the same stories over and over? Does your spouse keep losing things or put them in unusual places? Signs of the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease aren’t always clear and can be challenging to manage. In this presentation, Sally Davis, RN, MSN, will share the early warning signs of dementia, offer tips on how to manage your loved one, and advise you about when to see your health care professional about a diagnosis.


Communicating with Someone with Dementia

by Emile Unverzagt AD/TXC, MA Fitness & Human Performance

Does your loved one get frustrated with their inability to be understood? Do they not understand you despite your “clear directions”. In this talk, Emile Unverzagt MA, AD/TXC will share with you the tips and tricks he has learned over the past ten years communicating with individuals who have mild to moderate dementia. Verbal and non-verbal communication techniques will be explained and practiced in this workshop.


Food for Thought—
How the MPN™ Program Benefits Your Brain

We’ve all heard about the importance of certain foods to benefit overall heart health and prevent heart disease. In this talk, Susan Giles will present specific information about the brain-healthy nutrition program (Memory Preservation Nutrition® Program) being implemented at Amazing Place. This innovative evidence-based program has been shown to preserve cognitive health and reduce the risk, delay the onset and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.


The Importance of Reducing Sugar for the Brain

by Susan Giles, Amazing Place Community and Church Liaison

According to recent research, sugar can be toxic to the brain. Not only does it contribute to inflammation, but it also shrinks the hippocampus where short term memory is stored. In this talk, Susan Giles will present the latest research and offer specific tips for reducing sugar intake in your diet.


Spirituality and Aging

by Susan Giles, Amazing Place Community and Church Liaison

Research shows that people with an active involvement in church or spiritual community live an average seven years longer than those who don’t. What exactly is spirituality and how does it relate to aging? In this presentation, Susan Giles will share the importance of spirituality for older adults and ways to add meaning and purpose in living as we age.


For more information or to arrange for one or more of these presentations, please contact
Susan Giles, Amazing Place Community and Church Liaison at 713.552.0420 or sgiles@amazingplacehouston.org



(Left to right) Susan Giles; Emile Unverzagt, AD/TXC, MA; Sally Davis, RN, MSN


Sally Davis, RN, MSN, Amazing Place Health Services Director

At Amazing Place, Sally S. Davis, RN, MSN provides health and wellness care for participants, health education, and caregiver consultations. She previously worked as a research nurse at the UT Health School of Nursing Center on Aging. Sally reports that she gravitated to geriatrics as she has a love of history and finds inspiration working with people who are “living history”.


Susan Giles, Amazing Place Community and Church Liaison
Since joining Amazing Place in 2009, Susan Giles has made numerous presentations about dementia, spirituality and aging, and stress management. Prior to working at Amazing Place, she was a missionary in Africa and worked at Houston Methodist Hospital as Patient Liaison and Director of New Member and Women’s Ministries at First Presbyterian Church. Susan says her greatest joy is inspiring people to live fully and well.


Emile Unverzagt, AD/TXC, MA Fitness & Human Performance
, Amazing Place Participant Program Director
Since 2006, Emile Unverzagt had been responsible for organizing a therapeutically beneficial collection of cognitive, social, creative, spiritual and fitness programs for participants at Amazing Place. Emile is a lifelong exercise enthusiast, so much so, he reports getting in trouble in P.E. class for being “too competitive”. An interesting aside, his name means “Undaunted Rival” in French/German.