Friday, December 27, 2013


This American photographer started her career working for Rolling Stone magazine. Who is she?
Anna-Lou Leibovitz
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013



In my mounds of research findings, one of my favorite lists for improving the memory is from Johns Hopkins Health Alert and it goes like this:

Improve Your Memory With These 9 Common-Sense Techniques

·         The minor memory lapses that occur with age-associated memory impairment can’t be eliminated completely; however, a number of common-sense strategies can improve overall memory at any age. The keys are to stay focused, active and alert.

·         Memory Tip 1: Place commonly lost items in a designated spot. If you’re prone to losing certain items, such as keys or eyeglasses, pick a spot and always put the items there when you are not using them.

·         Memory Tip 2: Write things down. If you have trouble remembering phone numbers or appointments, write them down and place the list in a conspicuous spot. Making a daily “to do” list will remind you of important tasks and obligations.    
·         Memory Tip 3: Say words out loud. Saying “I’ve turned off the stove” after doing so will give you an extra verbal reminder when you later try to recall whether the stove is still on. Incorporating people’s names into the conversation immediately after you have met them helps, too.  

·         Memory Tip 4: Use memory aids. Use a pocket notepad, cell phone, wristwatch alarm, voice recorder or other aids to help remember what you need to do or to keep track of information.

·         Memory Tip 5: Use visual images. When learning new information, such as a person’s name, create a visual image in your mind to make the information more vivid and, therefore, more memorable.

·         Memory Tip 6: Group items using mnemonics. A mnemonic is any technique used to help you remember. For example, when memorizing lists, names, addresses and so on, try grouping them as an acronym. Another mnemonic technique is an acrostic. Acrostics use the first letter of each item to create new words that form a sentence or phrase. Using rhymes or creating stories that connect each element to be remembered is also helpful.  

·         Memory Tip 7: Concentrate and relax. Many environmental stimuli compete for your attention at any given time. To remember something, concentrate on the items to be remembered. Pay close attention to new information and try to avoid or block out distractions. Anxiety and stress can inhibit recall. Learning a relaxation technique, such as deep breathing or muscle-relaxing exercises, may help.

·         Memory Tip 8: Get plenty of sleep. During sleep the brain consolidates and firms up newly acquired information. Studies indicate that people are better at remembering recently learned information the next day if they have had a good night’s sleep.

·         Memory Tip 9: Rule out other causes of memory loss. If you suspect that you are having memory difficulties, consult your doctor. Some medical conditions can cause memory problems that can be corrected, including depression, hearing or vision loss, thyroid dysfunction, certain medications, vitamin deficiencies and stress.  

Posted in Memory on July 4, 2011

I think that the 9 Memory Tips From Johns Hopkins are great, down-to-earth tips.  I hope you enjoyed reading them - there’s no excuse not to practice them!

Dr. David Perlmutter’s, The Better Brain Book

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Friday, December 20, 2013


She is a famous activist, scientist and physicist from India. Who is she?

Eco feminist/activist and anti-globalization author.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013



One of the best ways to help your brain be more fit, is to make sure your mind is receiving good nutrition for better brain function.  The basics for eating a nutritious diet that’s good for your brain include the following: 

  • Drink half your body weight in non carbonated, preferably spring, water
  • Drink green tea
  • Know what the right weight is for your body type and eat as many calories as it takes to maintain that weight
  • Know what foods you are allergic to and avoid eating them
  • Consume fresh, unprocessed, local foods
  • Eat unsaturated fats, especially foods high in omega-3
  • Eat complex carbohydrates and low-glycemic foods
  • Use only natural sweeteners
  • Limit caffeine
  • Reduce salt intake and only use sea salt
  • Eat 9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day

The key to a great brain diet is to put the emphasis on nutrition.  Think of food as fuel for your head and body instead of thinking of food as a reward, escape or event. 

If you’re serious about eating to remember, you should know that certain herbs and spices help promote brain health:  Turmeric, Saffron extract, Sage and Cinnamon.

Eat thoughtfully, slowly and chew thoroughly.  Start your day with a good breakfast and then continuously snack throughout your day to keep your blood sugar levels up and even.

Dr. Daniel G. Amen’s Change Your Brain Change Your Body

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Friday, December 13, 2013


Aging Defiantly:  Anne Rice
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Aging Gracefully:  Arun Gandhi
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Aging With Spunk Intact:  Amy Goodman

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013



Whether you’re volunteering to keep yourself fully engaged in life while making positive contributions to society, or you’ve chosen to, or have to, rejoin the workforce - whatever you do, don’t panic about your new adventure.  Learn how to cope and how to play the workplace games.

People use intimidation and upset to interrupt or impede your ability to be comfortable; fully participate in the workplace, and to be at your mental optimum. In Part II of my book, Aging Gracefully, I deal with "Empowerment and Intimidation Management,” giving a number of important strategies and techniques to deal with shenanigans – whether they be on purpose or not.

Stay on the alert to recognize these types of game players:
·        The "Word Supplier"
·        The “Word Corrector"
·        The “Finisher of Sentences”
·        The “Look That Is Meant To Embarrass You”
·        The “Disrupter”

The “Word Supplier or “Word Corrector” is always waiting-in-the-wings to catch you pausing for a word, or perhaps mispronouncing a word, or using an incorrect word so they can jump right in to ‘help’ you. The last thing you want is that their ‘helpfulness’ implies something is wrong with your abilities.  To nip-it-in-the-bud, your response to the know-it-all:  Whatever, accompanied by a smile or accompanied by a gesture of dismissal.

The “Finisher of Sentences” is also waiting around like an understudy ready to push the leading lady or man off stage at any moment.  To stop-them-in-their-tracks, your response to their rude behavior:  Kindly refrain from finishing my sentences.  I prefer to do that.  And if the person who finished your sentence and was completely wrong in their assumption about what you were going to say then quickly turn the tables with: That’s not what I was going to say. You’re completely off topic.

And as for the incredibly impolite person who just has to flash ‘The Look That Is Meant To Embarrass You’ with their raised eyebrows, their holier-than-thou look, which seems to say, "Where in the world are you going with this?" or "What in heaven are you trying to say?" Your response: Stop right there.  Of course laughing at them may do it, too.

“The Disrupter” is like a cheetah ready to pounce in a nanosecond, challenging something you are saying, disrupting your flow, steering you off topic, and manhandling the direction and conversation in a completely different direction.  Your response, Go on…., (this indicates that you’re on to them and that you are giving them permission to continue), and then hold on tight to your thoughts and the points you want to make.  (When a friend of mine does this, she holds her fingers out on one hand to help her remember every point she wants to make and with the other hand, she keeps track of counter points to The Distrupter’s conversation.)  Another alternative is to hold up the palm of your hand or index finger to signal "Wait your turn,” or, “Hold on,” “In a moment," etc.  Whatever you do, when you take over the floor in conversation, take your sweet time to get out everything you need to say.

Rude people are everywhere so it’s up to you to figure out your own style of verbal and non-verbal self defense.  Some people will get the hint to back off from trying to take you on.  Others are just ignorant fools and should be recognized as nothing more than specimens of character study or as fodder to be capitalized on at a later date, (such as being used for material in a book, play or blog)….

Eric Berne’s classic book, Games People Play
Mauricio Goldstein, Games At Work

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Sunday, December 8, 2013


It’s Harder to Treat Senior Depression

Depression is depression and treatment for it is the same at any age.

Friday, December 6, 2013


Aging Defiantly:  Betty White
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Aging Gracefully:  Carol Channing
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Aging With Spunk Intact:  Carl Reiner

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013



If you stay healthy in mind and body, you can remain productive well beyond your 80’s. Research shows that a healthy body results in a healthy mind. But it also works the other way: change your brain, according to Dr. Amen, and you’ll change your body.   Dr. Amen’s work proves that if you boost your brain, you’ll improve your overall health, skin, weight and energy!  Dr. Amen’s work proves that you can change the brain you were born with for the better.

Exercise and nutrition greatly affect mental capacity.  Luckily, it’s never too late to start exercising, eating healthy, or retraining your brain. Getting in shape and staying in shape are easier than ever. So if you’ve been putting off any of those things, why wait? 

One of the easiest and most vital things that you can do to keep your brain cells happy so that you maintain high levels of memory function is to be well oxygenated.  Force yourself to yawn and take 4 deep breaths through your nose.  (Other great ways to get oxygenated include walking, bicycling, dancing, table tennis, tennis, yoga, etc.  In general, aerobic exercise is great for oxygen intake and blood circulation.)  Avoid things that deplete oxygen such as smoking, chemicals, not sleeping, not eating well and stress.)

Other things that you can start doing today to help your brain and body: drink lots of water to stay hydrated, think positive, forgive, practice gratitude, connect with others, hum or sing, and learn something new, (even if learning something new means learning a new word).

The message is simple: take good care of your mind and body.

Dr. Daniel G. Amen’s Change Your Brain Change Your Body

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Sunday, December 1, 2013


Seniors Don’t Remember Well.

It is easier to remember things from the past than it is to learn new things.