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9 Habits for a Long Life

9 Habits for a Long Life

Somewhere in the remote Nicoyan peninsula of Costa Rica, a 101-year-old great-great-grandmother has already cleared brush, chopped wood and made tortillas from scratch - all before you have finished reading your morning newspaper. And here's the best part: she's not...

Tap your Toes! Why?

Tap your Toes! Why?

Are you a foot-tapper? You hear music and away you go! Congratulations! Not only does toe-tapping lift your mood, It helps prevent trips and falls, too. How come? It's all to do with the muscle that runs up the front of your shin - your tibialis anterior. Positioned...

Memory Skills Practice videos

Memory Skills Practice videos

Memory skills need practice. Have you worked through one today? Practice keeps your memory skills strong and sharp. Memory Foundation has 24 videos on You Tube to challenge you.   Here are 6 for you to start with.   Each is around 2 minutes long. You can pause the...

How to Reframe your Thinking

How to Reframe your Thinking

Here's a tried and tested method of clearing a mental block. You reframe your thinking by Restating the issue, problem or task in a different way.  A change in perspective is like a 'mind switch'. The kinds of reframing questions you might ask yourself could include:...

Mental Block Rescue Plan

Mental Block Rescue Plan

You KNOW what you planned to say. You KNOW that person’s name. You KNOW you can write that article or business plan So WHY are you stuck! WHY is your brain letting you down? And what can YOU DO to jump-start it again? These mental block moments occur in even the...

The Best Exercise for You.

The Best Exercise for You.

Why is this exercise Kris Tynan's Number One? "We often get asked if there is one exercise we’d recommend for older adults. Of course we’d like to suggest more than one, and will do in coming issues, but if pushed we’d have to say the simple sit to stand." The reason...

‘Brain Overload’ Survival Plan

‘Brain Overload’ Survival Plan

Stop! My brain's full! Is information-overload getting you down? Your brain feels sluggish, fatigued and you start forgetting things. And you can't fit in one more thing? That's brain overload. Overload occurs when you receive more information than your brain can...

Quick, Tasty Brain Food Meals

Quick, Tasty Brain Food Meals

Here are some more brain food suggestions for satisfying, healthy meals that are favourites with readers. Quick Spinach Smoothie Small cup of orange juice 3 - 4 dessertspoons of plain white yogurt Add all the spinach that the blender can handle.   Optional extras:...

How To Use Mind Maps

How To Use Mind Maps

Have you used Mind Maps to help you remember? If not, try one out today. A mind map is a visual thinking tool that ANYONE can do All you need is paper and something to write with. Coloured pencils or pens are great to highlight links or thoughts. It's simple. And it...

How To Improve Your Balance

How To Improve Your Balance

Last year, the UK's Medical Research Council found that 53-year-olds who could stand on one leg for ten seconds with their eyes closed were the most likely to be fit and well in 13 years' time. The ability to balance on one leg is an important test for brain health,'...

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