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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...

The ‘Yes, But’ Tactic

The ‘Yes, But’ Tactic

The research is clear. Exercise is a breakthrough medicine. It enhances the health of brains and bodies. It improves neuroplasticity and learning. It helps us delay, avoid or manage many health issues both mental and physical. What’s more, we don’t need research to...

How to Archive your Life Story. Pt 3

How to Archive your Life Story. Pt 3

Keeping archives takes time, space, planning and room. Is there another way to tell your life story? Or parts of it? Family Archivist, Rosalba Finnerty concludes her series and includes tips and suggestions for digital storage from the U.S. Library of Congress. Two...

Do Brain Exercises Help with Dementia?

Do Brain Exercises Help with Dementia?

One of our Brain Tuners asked this question and I thought many of you would be interested in Memory Specialist, Dr Allison Lamont's answer. Today I found out that my friend has dementia. Would it be worthwhile for her to do some 'brain tuning exercises'? I can help...

How to Archive your Life Story. Pt 2

How to Archive your Life Story. Pt 2

Every household has its treasures. Schoolbooks, clippings, old bills, cards and letters tell the stories of individuals and families. Personal papers and images are symbols of who we are. BUT Which of them should we keep? Which items fill in the details? And which...

A New Twist to the World’s #1 Exercise.

A New Twist to the World’s #1 Exercise.

A simple ‘sit to stand’ is the Number One Exercise for older adults to practise.                 Now try two added extras to this fabulous functional exercise: Take your Sit-to-Stands a bit further: Stand up from a sturdy hard-backed chair, then step forward into a...

How to Archive your Life Story. Pt 1

How to Archive your Life Story. Pt 1

My Mother died a couple of years ago at 96 and was still living in her own home. She and my father emigrated in the 1950s. She had a fine mind and a prodigious memory – still completing the Guardian crossword each week. Masses of papers and their memories came to New...

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