Why HOPE matters.

Sometimes, everything seems like just too much! Losing hope is the last thing that your brain needs. Your brain is better when it’s hopeful, says Dana smith of Elemental In the brain, people experience optimism about the future in two key areas: the amygdala, our...

Why some brains resist sweets.

Does your brain crave something sweet? Are you a “can’t keep a carton of ice cream in the freezer because I’ll finish it” kind of person? Or can’t you really be bothered about sugary treats? There are reasons for the differences! And there’s been research on it,...

Your Brain Needs a Party.

Your brain wants to anticipate the good times 🥂 My fiancé and I started planning our wedding last weekend. (Don’t worry, it’s many months away and will be small, outdoors, and masked.) It feels a little crazy to think about throwing a party while the pandemic...

Why Some People Never Seem to Get Sick.

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. Winter weather makes most of us apprehensive about getting a cold or the flu, and often enough those fears are justified. No matter how religiously we wash our hands, keep our distance from others who already have the sniffles, or try to...

Why ‘Brainfit for Life’ Classes Work.

Research Study Actual, sustained practice–not mere knowledge–is needed to harness neuroplasticity and improve cognition over time September 14, 2020 (reported by  SharpBrains) Lifestyle improvements may lessen cognitive decline (Wiley): ” … 19 individuals older than...

‘Senior moments’ – Are they Memory Loss?

Everyone experiences the occasional “senior moment” as they age. You may misplace everyday items, fail to recall the name of someone you just met, or forget to do something. While these memory slips can be embarrassing and stressful, they usually...

Sharing Life Stories to Connect and Empower

In 1963, Dr. Robert Butler, founder of the International Longevity Center, wrote: “I was struck some years back by the fact that older people tended to review their life. At that time, whenever people reminisced it was regarded by psychologists and psychiatrists as...

Online Hearing Checks – do they work?

Hearing well is essential for good communication, safety, independence, and memory. Looking for a quick way to check your hearing without leaving the house? An online hearing check could be the first step. Many clinic websites, hearing aid manufacturers and phone apps...

Is Breakfast Important?

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. A good breakfast sets the tone for sound eating habits throughout the day. For the longest time, nutrition experts have emphasized the importance of eating breakfast. But while numerous studies have been conducted on the subject, it has never...

A Guide to Stretching

“Most people know they need to stretch more, but find it burdensome or are not sure what to do,” says Urvashi Chogle, a physical therapist at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. Regular stretching becomes especially important as you age....

Tips from Readers

Hundreds of people have been working through the Memory Tune course and one of the Prospective Memory tasks in Session 11 (Remembering to Remember) was to recall, on a particular day, to write a note to Dr Lamont. Nearly everyone remembered!! How did they do it? Here...

Golf Twice a Week is Not Enough!

We asked reader Valerie Martin to share why active ageing is SO important. I was inspired some years ago by seeing a participant in the World Veterans Games held in Auckland.She was from the UK, 94 years old and competing in the 100 metres. She won and received her...

Retirement and Second Chances

By Timi Gustafson, R.D.  I’m officially retired — a fact confirmed by Social Security and AARP newsletters. I have been added to the demographic category of “seniors” and I qualify for discounts I never knew about. There are people in my life who call me “Nana” and...

Gillian Eadie in NZ Herald

(Click blue heading to view news cutting) Herald article Ross Barrett, Writer You’ve forgotten where you left the car keys or whether you turned the iron off before leaving home – both familiar predicaments often referred to as a ‘senior moment’. But Auckland-based...

Memory Tune Winners!

Congratulations! We heard some wonderful stories from readers and it was very difficult to choose our finalists. Thank you to everyone who entered and we look forward to continuing to support you.   And the winners are: Sue Saunders, Whangarei Diane Mills,...