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How Do Memories Happen?

How Do Memories Happen?

What actually happens in the brain? That's a question Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Donna Webb, along with her team of biologists at Vanderbilt University, asked herself. To find out, they studied the connections the brain makes at the molecular and...

Should Baby Boomers Be Worried? Why?

Should Baby Boomers Be Worried? Why?

In 2016, the oldest of the baby boomers, the generation born between 1946 and 1964, turned 70 years old.  Until the financial crisis, there had never been a better time in history to be 70. Boomers as a generation are more wealthy, living more interesting lives and...

Stepping Up.

Stepping Up.

Do you live in a single level bungalow or apartment? There are many advantages if you do. But if you want to continue negotiating bus steps and stairs in public, you have nothing much to practise on!   Practise keeping strong for steps and stairs.   With...

Help! I Can’t Recognise Faces.

Help! I Can’t Recognise Faces.

Did you know that 2 – 2.5% of the population battles daily with recognising faces? That's in in every 50 people. It is surprisingly common in varying degrees. Not many people talk about it Or recognise that is is an issue for those who struggle with it every day. It...

Boost your Memory at Bedtime.

Boost your Memory at Bedtime.

Pythagoras, a Greek philosopher, looked after his brain and memory.  Every night before bed, he reviewed his entire day before he fell asleep.  That's right - his entire day! Not just the important 'need-to-know' memories. He mentally recalled everything he did and...

Sitting on the Throne.

Sitting on the Throne.

It's a room you visit every day. You probably don't give it much thought. But, did you know - Toilets have only been around since the 18th century?   From then onwards, for many, squatting became a thing of the past. However, it turns out, squatting was better...

10 Tips for Learning Something New

10 Tips for Learning Something New

Lifelong learning matters whatever our age may be. Learning something new takes courage and determination. Here are 10 tips to help you on your way. 1. There are many ways to learn - not just one. The best way to learn depends on what you are trying to learn. If...

Hail to the Ankle!

Hail to the Ankle!

Have you ever sprained your ankle?  And hobbled around for a few days? Then you know how essential a healthy ankle is to your ability to move. Your ankle maintains your centre of gravity, which constantly changes as you move. In order to stay upright, your...

Chocolate and your Brain.

Chocolate and your Brain.

Recently, Dr. Robert H. Shmerling found out a surprising piece of trivia. Places where chocolate consumption is highest have the most Nobel Prize recipients! (Read the study) Is it possible that intelligence or other measures of high brain function are actually...

Sometimes, it takes all day …..

Sometimes, it takes all day …..

Have fun with this 'oldie' sent to us by Heather Syminton: A A A D D - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. (Just joking!) This is how it manifests: I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide my car needs...

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