The new fair took place on Saturday, June 11, at Lincoln Park in Jersey City, with almost 90 vendors and over 500 attendees.
In 2017, Act Now Foundation launched the Brain Health Initiative, which includes the annual Brain Health & Wellness Fair, to connect patients, families, older adults, students, and caregivers to important information and resources about brain health.
This year, Act Now Foundation combined the fair with the Hudson County Department of Health & Human Services Annual Community Resource Fair to bring a super-charged event to the communities it serves.
The new Brain Health & Community Resource Fair took place on Saturday, June 11, at Lincoln Park in Jersey City, with almost 90 vendors and over 500 attendees. To reach as many older adults as possible at the Fair, the partnership facilitated free transportation from senior centers, senior buildings, and city Departments of Health.
The Fair opened at 10 AM with a Welcome Announcement on the main stage, presented by Darice Toon, Director of the Hudson County Dept. of Health & Human Services, and Act Now Foundation’s Co-Founders Kristine Allen (President) and Cary Lopez (Executive Director). Afterward, the Hank Gallo Community Center was utilized by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension to present a workshop on healthy eating, nutrition, and SNAP Benefits, and the Hudson County Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services to spread awareness about mental health and wellness.
Concurrently, Pedro Delgado and the Seniors of West New York led a Tai Chi Session out in the open field, followed by meditation and yoga sessions led by Gabby Creery Wellness. The Fair included Brain Games, such as Jenga, Stroop Tests, a memory game using coins, a missing items game, optical games, badminton, and Connect 4. In Addition, there was a free raffle available with eight lucky basket winners, henna tattoos, caricature portraits, and face painting as well as music for the entire duration of the Fair. Moreover, various vendors offered free health screenings and COVID-19 testing and vaccines.
After a successful day-long Fair, Act Now Foundation would like to thank everyone who attended or participated as a vendor in the Brain Health & Community Resource Fair. Because of you, the Foundation was able to keep spreading awareness about dementia and connect residents of Hudson County to amazing community resources that will help them lead healthier and happier lives. We would also like to thank the Hudson County Department of Health & Human Services from the bottom of our hearts for trusting Act Now Foundation to co-present this large-scale event, and our sponsors Eisai Pharmaceuticals, Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center, Horizon NJ Health, Haven Savings Bank, UnitedHealthcare, Hudson Regional Hospital, and AARP New Jersey for making this event possible. We are eager to see and work with you again next year!