Could Playing Music Be the Secret to Healthy Aging?

Posted by Christine F.

Apr 15, 2015 10:00:00 AM

iStock_000003009680_MediumHave you ever thought about taking up the piano, French horn, tuba, flute or any musical instrument that you played when you were growing up? When you were practicing and taking lessons you may have thought your clarinet was “that dreaded instrument” that took too much time.

Now that you have many years between then and now, you don’t have to worry about parental prodding or pleasing your teacher, you can choose to play what you want — maybe an instrument you never played before.

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Topics: Memory, Brain Health

Why You Should Switch On Your Optimist Mode

Posted by Matt J.

Apr 7, 2015 10:00:00 AM

optimist-modeHave you ever wondered how some people manage to be in a good mood all the time? What is that they know that you don’t about seeing the glass as “half full” instead of “half empty?”

Many people work at getting physically fit, but not everyone practices “mental fitness.” Many don’t consciously know how to keep a positive attitude going and going in spite of problems we all come up against.

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Topics: Mindful Tips

Why a Glass Half-Full Attitude Is Good for Your Health

Posted by Christine F.

Mar 31, 2015 9:00:00 AM

iStock_000026193445_MediumFor most people, the carefree days of childhood were filled with good times with friends and family free from excess worry and stress. But as most people grow up they trade the innocence of childhood for worries about finances, their family’s health, job security, politics, the economy, their children’s future, and the list goes on.

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Topics: Mindful Tips

Want to Give Your Brain a Boost? Eat Spinach!

Posted by Katie C.

Mar 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

spinachI bet you remember your mom bargaining with you to eat your spinach while you were growing up. Hopefully, as an adult, you came around to the taste of this leafy green vegetable. If not, maybe it’s time to give it another try. The health benefits of spinach make it an essential part of your diet.

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How to Get the Most Out of Practice Time

Posted by Matt J.

Mar 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

practice-timeHow do you get better at playing the piano, learning a new language, or improving your golf game?  People who have spent years perfecting skills know practice is an integral part of the equation.

The question though is this –does the amount of time you put into practicing yield the best results?  Maybe, but more often than not it’s how you practice, how you focus your thinking around what you’re doing that counts.

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Topics: Mindful Tips

Freshen Up Your Mind With Spring Cleaning

Posted by Katie C.

Mar 19, 2015 10:00:00 AM

springcleaningforyourbrainSpring is in the air! If you’re like most people, you have done some spring cleaning in years past – or at least heard the term. Spring cleaning offers the chance to open the windows and get some much needed fresh air into our homes while we do a deep clean and get rid of all the dust bunnies. But spring cleaning shouldn’t be limited to our living spaces – there are things you can do to refresh your brain in the same way you freshen up your home. Read on to learn more.

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Topics: Brain Health

The Art of Slow Reading

Posted by Christine F.

Mar 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM

iStock_000033616772_MediumIf you are intentionally reading slower, you are doing yourself a favor by decelerating from the fast pace of life.

Does this sound like you? You’re trying to focus on a novel, but you start thinking about someone you haven’t heard from that day. So you get up and check email, and while you’re on the computer, you might as well check out evolving news around the world or look at the weather for tomorrow.

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Topics: Memory, Brain Health

Yarn and Brain Health - What's the Connection?

Posted by Katie C.

Mar 12, 2015 10:00:00 AM

160514024Do you like working with your hands to create something? A lot of people have a hobby like knitting or crochet. Activities like these produce beautiful projects, but did you know that they can also produce a positive effect on your brain health?

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Is Going to the Movies Good for Your Brain?

Posted by Matt J.

Mar 10, 2015 10:00:00 AM

movies-good-for-brainAs you grow older, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, keep up with social activities like going to movies with friends. 

Movie going is fun, but sometimes it’s challenging to motivate someone else to go see the same movie you do, but avoid going alone. Try the better-for-your-health 'popcorn for two’ approach instead. Most people don’t go to movie theaters alone but now research has found when you go with someone else, you may be boosting your brain health.

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Topics: Mindful Tips, Aging

Walk Your Way to Better Brain Health

Posted by Katie C.

Mar 5, 2015 10:00:00 AM

174186054After an especially brutal winter for many areas of the country, we’ve finally made it to March, which means spring is right around the corner! For those of us in colder climates, we can start thinking about getting outside for some outdoor recreation and exercise.

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Topics: Brain Health

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