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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 20, 2011 Page 5 by The story of Saint Dymphna is drawn from oral tradition. According to the narrative, Dymphna was born in Ireland during the seventh century; she was the daughter of Damon, pa- gan king of Oriel. Dymphna became a Christian and was secretly baptized. Her mother was said to have been very beautiful and also a devout Christian; she died when Dymplana was fourteen. The loss of his wife seemed to bring on severe mental instability in Dymphna's father. He sent messengers throughout Ireland and other lands searching for a woman of noble birth, resembling his wife, who would marry him. Damon, unable to find a suitable wife was advised to marry his own daughter, who was as beautiful as her mother and bore her a strong resem- Saint Dymphna Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari blance. Dymphna refused and fled to Antwerp with two servants and her confessor, a priest named Gerebernus. They went to the village of Gheel, taking up residence in the vicinity of a chapel dedicated to Saint Martin. The messengers of her father however, discovered their whereabouts; Damon went to Gheel where he renewed his offer. Seeing that all was in vain, after Dymphna refused to return with him to Ireland, he com- manded his servants to cut off the head of the priest while he himself struck off the head of his daughter, she was only fifteen years of age. The corpses were put in sarcophagi and entombed in a cave where they were found later. The body of St. Dymphna was buried in the church of Gheel, and the bones of St. Gerebernus were transferred to Xanten, a historic town in the North Rhine Westphalia state of Germany. Her feast is celebrated on May 15, under which date she is also found in the Roman martyrology. From time immemorial, Dymphna has been invoked as patroness against men- tal illness and nervous disorders. "BRAIN HEALTHY EATING" Tips for Baby Boomers in Celebration of National Mediterranean Diet Month Research tells us that proper nutrition is essential to defending against deteriora- tion due to age and disease. But did you know that by eating a Mediterranean-style brain-healthy diet you can effectively delay the onset or progression of Alzheimer's disease? Scientific studies continue to show posi- tive links between eating a Mediterranean diet and reduced risk of dementia, includ- ing Alzheimer's disease. This is due to the Mediterranean diet's proven positive effects on improving cholesterol, blood sugar lev- els, and blood vessel health, as well as reducing inflammation, all of which have been associated with mild cognitive impair- ment and Alzheimer's disease. One com- prehensive study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that individuals who follow a Mediterranean-type diet had a 32-40% decreased risk for devel- oping Alzheimer's disease. This is espe- cially significant as Baby Boomers -- a huge portion of the population -- are moving into their golden years when cognitive decline is common. Senior Living Residences (SLR), a pioneer in assisted living and Alzheimer's care in New England, is putting research to prac- tice in its dining programs, and along with internationally recognized nutrition expert Nancy Emerson Lombardo, PhD of Boston University's School of Medicine, is working to share this vital knowledge with the public. In recognition of Mediterranean Diet Month, SLR is releasing nutrition guidelines and recipes from the Memory Preservation Nutrition@ Program developed over the last five years in conjunction with Dr. Emerson Lombardo. SLR is the first and only assisted living company in the nation to offer a cognitively-protective nutrition program in its assisted living and Alzheimer's care "Compass Memory Support Neighborhood" communities. Dr. Emerson Lombardo says the message to Baby Boomers is clear -- it's not too late. "Diet changes can benefit individuals of any age, whether or not you have memory loss. Following the Memory Preservation Nutri- tion@ program can be an important step to take to protect your own brain health." Eat these brain-healthy foods to stave off dementia. Fresh fruits, especially brightly colored fruits, such as blueberries and raspberries. Berry compounds counteract inflammation in the body, which has been associated with Alzheimer's disease. Vegetables, especially leafy green veg- etables, for their high levels of vitamins E and D, and dietary fiber. Eaten on a regular basis, vegetables have a positive effect on brain health and help prevent age-related illnesses. Specific spices that have amazing protective properties -- cinnamon, rose- mary, oregano, and turmeric reduce inflam- mation and increase blood flow. Cinnamon is also known to regulate blood sugar and reduce cholesterol, important to brain health. Whole grains. Substituting whole wheat products for white flour, bread, rice and pasta helps to maintain weight and improve cardiovascular health which directly con- tributes to brain health. Foods containing omega-three fatty ac- ids. Omega-3s are naturally found in your brain and as you age levels of these fats in your body drop. Food sources of omega-3s such as fish, green vegetables, walnuts and flax seed replace the losses and improve transmission of nerve impulses. A handful of nuts a day as a snack pro- vides your daily dose of Vitamin E -- which is a powerful protector of the brain. Use stevia, a natural sugar substitute, as well as molasses and brown sugar, in- stead of high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar, to control blood sugar. The hippoc- ampus of the brain, an important region for memory, is sensitive to changes in blood sugar levels. Robert Larkin, president of Senior Living Residences said, "When asked, Americans rate Alzheimer's disease as their second most-feared illness, following cancer. We understand that fear but want to convey a message of hope - you can take practical steps to protect your brain health through nutrition at any age." For more brain healthy nutrition tips and delicious recipes, and to order a sample of SLR's own unique spice blend "Spice of Life" -- a delicious mixture of spices, fruits, and vegetables with health protecting properties -- visit www.SeniorLivingResidences.com/ brain-diet. To learn more about the innova- tive Alzheimer's care programming being implemented at SLR's Compass Memory Support Neighborhood communities visit www.seniorlivingresidences.com/ alzheimers- care. SAVE THE DATE ... North End Reunion Join us on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 6-10PM at Spinelli's, Route One, South, Lynnfield, MA for dinner and dancing. Music from the '50s and '60s. Contact Lolly Ciampa at 781-938-9254 or Ro-Ro DeMarco at 781-284-5945. ITALIAN HOME FOR CHILDREN 2"d annual "City Lights" Spring Gala On May 6  Italian Home for Children had its 2 nd Annual "City Lights" spring gala at the Intercontinental Boston Hotel. The venue location changed in early March to accommodate more people, due to an overwhelming and amazing response. Nearly 500 people attended. "City Lights" honored Mario and Claire Pallota, and was sponsored by David and Barbara Manganaro. With help from Chair- person Melissa Coppola Hegarty and her hard working committee, the event successfully raised over $356,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales, silent and live auction, and donations. A wonderful time was had by all at this fan- tastic dinner and dance. We would like to thank everyone who attended for their support. Originally known as an orphanage for Italian children, the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain now serves children of all races and nationalities, aged 4-14. Some are survivors of severe abuse and neglect circumstances and all are special needs children. Our mission is to pro- vide our children with the highest quality care to ensure the successful return to their communities and the ability to remain in their communities and the ability to remain in their communities with caring and supportive resources. Please log on to www.italianhome.org for more information. LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine Donato Frattaroli 415 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113 617.367.2353 -- Open for Lunch and Dinner Daily -- Private dining rooms for any occasion donato@luciaboston.com www.luciaboston,com