How isolation affects memory and thinking skills

How isolation affects memory and thinking skills

Consider your social interaction if you’ve been feeling foggy. Published: Harvard Health, May, 2021 We’ve all been isolated from many family members and friends during the pandemic. If you’ve been having a harder time remembering things or processing...

Exercising the Body Benefits the Mind, Too

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. While regular physical activity has long been regarded as an important component of healthy aging, its impact on mental health has remained less explored — until now. For these studies, researchers from the United States, Canada and Japan...

How to bring back a memory.

Some Tips from Harvard Health Details of significant experiences from decades ago may still be available if you can coax them out of your memory. Sometimes memories of certain experiences remain crystal clear for life, like the moment you said “I do,” or...

Why Your Brain Feels Broken

Pandemic stress and multitasking can affect memory in a real way. I don’t know how else to put it, but lately it seems like my brain is broken. I’m not functioning with the mental quickness I’m used to. I find myself struggling to locate words I want to use, like...

Just the Right Amount of Stress.

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. Being regularly overworked and stressed out likely leads to health problems long-term, but feeling bored or having too much time on your hands can also have negative effects, a government-sponsored study from Germany on health and safety issues...

Brain Awareness Month – March Updates.

March is Brain Month. All over the world, people like you are thinking about the way their brain works and what can be done to guard against memory loss. You’ve already taken important steps in this direction and below we bring you more quick reminders....

Does Outlook on Life Influence Longevity?

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. That staying physically and mentally fit is important for healthy aging is old news. But how our attitudes can also influence how long we live is not as well understood. Now, a study  from England concluded that being happy, enjoying life, or...

New Year – new helpful habits.

Happy New Year! How did your New Year resolutions go? Like most of us, were your good intentions short-lived? Why is that? What does your brain need to do to turn a resolution into a new habit? First, we have to interrupt the brain’s autopilot. Yes, your brain...

Find your personal style.

Are you struggling with finding the clothes and the personal style that works for YOU? If yes then this post is for you. We will cover the basics of how to do just that! Because there is nothing more frustrating than wanting to look a certain way and never getting...

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...