Most of us know that high blood pressure is a common condition that if untreated may eventually cause health conditions such as heart disease (Mayo Clinic), but how many of us know the following:
What stresses you out? Did you know that bad stress affects your body and brain?
A few days ago, I purchased a new mobile phone, and as I attempted to activate it, I could feel my frustration level disproportionately increasing with each click. Breathe! breathe! I reminded myself. Then I returned to the store and accepted the offer of assistance from the kind clerk.
This incident is insignificant compared to the daily stresses many people experience each day. Nonetheless, regardless of what one’s personal stress factors are, there’s no debate – stress disrupts our natural biological rhythms and can lead to unhealthy behaviors. Continue reading “Stress and your brain”
It’s easy to say thank you when you’re the recipient of good news, a wished-for gift, an unexpected delight
You jump up and down with glee, you smile, you laugh, you cry, you hug Continue reading “Just say, Thank You – gratitude and your brain”
One of the goals of this blog is to share some of the things we can do to keep our brain healthy as we age. Why do we need to do that? How does the brain work?
I turned to How Stuff Works online:
Every animal you can think of — mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians — has a brain. But the human brain is unique. Although it’s not the largest, it gives us the power to speak, imagine and problem solve. It is truly an amazing organ. Continue reading “How Your Brain Works”
When I was a child, away from the watchful eyes of adults, I often played in the rain. My siblings and I made puddles in the mud, innocently leaving tracks to be discovered by our parents the following day. On rainy days when adults supervised us, we were consigned to doing extra schoolwork indoors, playing board games or at a minimum reading a book. Continue reading “Brain Games on a Rainy Day”
From singing to our babies to singing in the shower; from performing in school to concert halls; from listening to recorded music to attending live music performances, there’s no debate. Music can enrich our lives. But how many of us are aware of the power of music in enhancing brain health and an active lifestyle? Continue reading “The Power of Music”
Happy Mother’s Day
This first post is a tribute to my mother who at age 88 is a good example of healthy aging. She is fiercely independent, beautiful and has better than average agility for her age. Although dementia is in our DNA, Mother has remained active socially and physically.