Playing mind games takes on a whole new dimension

The News Leader Pictorial
The News Leader Pictorial's Eric Morten, Sue Scott, Lara Stuart and Kelly Gagne form part of a famous team with the CVRD's Joe Barry in last year's Georgina Falt Memorial Mind Games Music Trivia event.
— image credit: Don Bodger/file

"Keep on playing those mind games together.''

That line from John Lennon's famous song, Mind Games, figures prominently into the title of the second-annual Georgina Falt Memorial Mind Games Music Trivia fundraiser for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. taking place Sept. 20.

Registration for the game that raised $2,588 in its inaugural year for the society is now open to interested members of the public. The event was recognized with a Community Service Award at the recent B.C. and Yukon Community Newspapers Association conference at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.

Researchers have determined exercising the mind is a good way to help combat Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. And funds for important services and programs are needed now more than ever.

"This fundraiser will help us support the 70,000 British Columbians and their families who are affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias,'' noted Natasha Collett, events assistant for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

"Nearly 10,000 of these people are Baby Boomers under the age of 65. With an aging population, the reality is that the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias is growing. New statistics indicate that if nothing changes, the number of people living with dementia in B.C. will more than double over the next generation.

"The cumulative health-care cost is projected to reach more than $130.2 billion.''

This music trivia game requires people to use plenty of beneficial brainpower to identify song titles, artists and round themes. The organizing team includes the family affair of the News Leader Pictorial's Don Bodger, wife Theresa and brothers Dave and Doug.

The event is being held at the Duncan Community Lodge on Moose Road, with all proceeds from the $25 per person cost going to the Alzheimer Society. Numerous prizes worth more than the admission will be given out while participants also receive a tax receipt and a chance at music trivia bragging rights in the battle for the Georgina Falt Memorial trophy.

Teams can consist of six to eight players and space is limited. Anyone interested in finding out more should send an email to Don Bodger at


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