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A Brain Training Symposium May 2, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness, Humor, Life Balance, Meditation.
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Yesterday, we attended a presentation at Freedom Village on Cross Training Your Brain.

The talk, by Dr. Kevin O’Neil, a noted gerontologist, was billed as “an important symposium for keeping your brain healthy.”

It’s the one part of your body that controls all others; the command center that makes everything work. It holds your intellect, your memory, your senses – and your ability to reason.  Your brain, as with any other part of your body, must be exercised and conditioned to keep working properly.

BFF and I had a good laugh about attending “symposiums” (more lofty sounding than lectures) while on “sabbatical” (more elevated sounding than being “unemployed”).

The symposium focused on holistic lifestyle tips that emphasized brain health for an Optimum Life® in six dimensions:

An Optimum Life has six dimensions: purposeful, emotional, physical, social, spiritual and intellectual.  Through these six dimensions, the concept of Optimum Life brings together a number of activities and opportunities designed to balance your overall sense of well-being, regardless of your current level of health, mobility or wellness.

Need a pneumonic to remember the six dimensions?  PEP. . . SIS!  Now, on to some good things to do for your brain:

* Exercise ~ Ball Room Dancing is #1!
* Eat right ~ a Mediterranean Diet is best
* Sleep tight ~ without popping pills
* Don’t let the bed bugs bite ~ 😉
* Minimize/manage stress ~ meditation is great
* Focus on the positives ~ don’t worry, be happy
* Interact with friends ~ be a social animal
* Tickle your funny bone chakra ~ :razz:
* Learn something new today ~ build synapses
* Share your talents/volunteer/help others
* Develop an attitude of gratitude
* Drink coffee ~ lowers risk of dementia!
* Eat tumeric ~ curried veggies, please!
* Play games, solve puzzles, have FUN!
* Live, Love, Laugh, Learn!  :D

If it’s good for your heart, it’s good for your brain . . . cross train!

And keep on dancing!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Artwork by Barbara Hines . . . available at Island Gallery West