How to Write your Life Story.

Have you ever considered putting pen to paper? (Or fingers to keyboard?) There are few better ways to activate your brain connections than writing your life story or memoir. A memoir maps an aspect of your journey, turning it into a written narrative of a moment in...

Age 40 Is When Busy Americans Get the Least Sleep

Neuroscience Articles June 14, 2022   Summary: Sleep efficiency dips for most around age 40, increasing again at around age 50. Researchers say that for most aged 60 and older, sleep duration increases. Source: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University A...

Avocados – are they good for my Brain?

Yes! Avocados are great brain food, in moderation. (See more about this below). What you eat affects how well you think. Just as your body needs to be in peak condition as you approach your 40’s and 50’s, to have a memory that keeps growing and never lets you down,...

Have you tried these Balancing Tips?

Maintaining proper balance at any age requires attention, strength, and flexibility. One skill that can sharply decline with age, though, and often with little warning, is your sense of balance. “As people age, changes in flexibility, muscle strength and power,...

10 signs of hearing loss you don’t want to ignore.

Have you noticed any of these? About half of people 75 and older have lost 35 decibels or more of hearing — the point at which a hearing aid is needed. But it can be tough to tell when someone’s hearing is starting to go, even (or especially) if that someone is...

The 4 Worst Habits for Your Brain

These have the greatest effect on cognitive function. Many habits contribute to poor brain health, but four areas can have the most influence. They are too much sitting, lack of socializing, inadequate sleep, and chronic stress. “The good news is that they also...

Is Forgetting Actually a Form of Learning?

We create countless memories as we live our lives but many of these we forget. Why? Counter to the general assumption that memories simply decay with time, ‘forgetting’ might not be a bad thing – that is according to scientists who believe it may represent a form of...

Tinnitus, Memory and Attention

Do you hear ringing, buzzing or other noises in your ears (or your head)? You may be one of the estimated 10-15% of our population who lives with tinnitus. Over the age of 60, this number goes up to 20%. Most of the time tinnitus is temporary or manageable but it sure...

Brazil nuts and your memory.

Summary: Selenium, a natural mineral found in grains, meats, and nuts can reverse cognitive impairment following a stroke and improve learning and memory in the aging brain. Source: University of Queensland Selenium—a mineral found in many foods—could reverse the...

The Big Three spine exercises.

Here are the “big three” exercises developed by Dr. Stuart McGill, an expert in spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo in Canada. These three engage all the important muscles needed to improve spine stability. Here’s how to perform each of...

Protect your shoulders.

  These strategies will help protect your shoulders, too. Stretch right before activities. Take a few minutes to stretch before activities requiring shoulder power, like lifting a heavy laundry basket or hanging curtains. “March in place for two minutes to...
Memory Games – have fun!

Memory Games – have fun!

Have you tried these memory games yet? Developed in partnership with The University of Auckland, each game has been designed to build and strengthen memory skills you need. And they are fun to do! Play the games now Cross the Bridge helps with concentration and...

Lockdown with Leah McGaughey

Dear Gillian & Allison,   I wish to thank you both & all your staff for the wonderful information you share with our communities around the world.   I wish to share my computer story with you both.   I am an 85 years young woman living in a Rest...

Your Poems

From Jeff Wells who sent us this stunning photo. ‘Here’s our tūī – a baby I photographed last summer in the karamu (Coprosma robusta) right outside my office window.  They love those berries!  (Even when they’re not really ripe).’   Here’s...

Stress relief from laughter? It’s no joke

Whether you’re guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke. Here’s why. Stress relief from laughter A good sense of humor can’t...