Biking for the Mind and Body

Posted by Lizzie M.

Sep 2, 2015 9:00:00 AM

iStock_000048969312_MediumThe annual Tour de France bike race in Europe is one of the ultimate tests of strength, endurance and tenacity. Just completing the race is a life accomplishment for most riders.    

But recently, scientists who have been studying the effects of biking on the brain and body have found biking can improve brain health as well as having physical benefits. Read on to learn the many hidden health benefits!

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Topics: Brain Health

The Importance of Love

Posted by Staci N.

Aug 26, 2015 9:00:00 AM

love_sunsetLove. A primary word, regardless of language; and while few understand its effects, it’s thrived upon.

We often say “It feels like love,” without a clue as to where those heady and spine-tingling human emotions find their source. And even though we know little about love, we literally cannot live without it. We all know that a child without love will fail to flourish; adults without love will flounder.

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Topics: Memory, Brain Health

Celebrate the Birth of a Grandchild With These Tips

Posted by Staci N.

Aug 19, 2015 9:00:00 AM

grandma_baby_smileThe birth of a grandchild is a very special time, whether you are a first-time grandparent or you already have many grandchildren. You are likely to feel an enormous amount of pride and love, both for your own child and their partner, as well as their new baby. We’d like to share with you our guide to making your memories and feelings into something tangible to share with all generations. As your grandchild ages, they will cherish knowing they were surrounded by love as they are able to review your thoughts and special times you shared together in their early days.

Read on to learn tips and ideas you can use to celebrate the birth and first months of a new grandchild.

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Topics: Memory, Making Memories

A Simple Health Plan for Aging Dogs and Their Caregivers

Posted by Christine F.

Aug 12, 2015 9:00:00 AM

iStock_000023205184_MediumIf you’re a dog lover no one has to tell you that the longer you have your dog, the deeper the bond grows between you.

As the years go by it’s hard to imagine not having your beloved pet around the house. Naturally as a pet owner you want to do everything you can to keep your dog happy and healthy as long as possible.

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Topics: Aging

Daydreaming: It Does a Body (and Brain) Good

Posted by Staci N.

Aug 5, 2015 9:00:00 AM

girl_day_dreamingIf you put an imaginary bubble around your head - a comic book type of balloon that showed a picture of what you were thinking about, what would it be?

Even while you are reading this you might be thinking about how you can't wait to stretch your muscles and take a walk or start reading that best seller you just checked out from the library.

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Topics: Memory

Turning 50. What’s next?

Posted by Staci N.

Jul 29, 2015 9:00:00 AM

50People today seem to be a bit less perplexed about growing older than they used to be. This could be in part related to recent advancements, but might also be due to a culture whose worship of youth has been tempered somewhat.

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Why Life Is Too Short to Stay Mad

Posted by Christine F.

Jul 22, 2015 9:00:00 AM

iStock_000041145080_MediumIf you’ve ever wondered why some people naturally attract friends, and you don’t, it may be that too often you wear your heart on your sleeve. Think of how you present yourself to others.

Are you a little too rude when a sales person mistakenly gives you the wrong change? Do you quickly respond in a hostile tone when someone suggests a new exercise program, implying you could use a work out? Many people would just shrug these things off, but if you are quick to anger, be careful. 

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Topics: Mindful Tips

Habit Forming and Your Brain Health

Posted by Staci N.

Jul 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM

i_can_and_willYour brain is a powerful neutral party. It will shape and support all habits – good or bad!

According to neurological studies, habits come in three parts. First there’s a cue, the behavior trigger. Then there’s the routine, the action itself. Finally comes the reward — the brain’s payoff for staying with or abandoning the habit.

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Topics: Mindful Tips, Brain Health

A Dream We All Share (But Would Rather Not)

Posted by Staci N.

Jul 8, 2015 10:00:00 AM

woman_having_nightmaresIt’s a dream, but it all seems so real. 

You’re back in college; it’s finals week. You have an 8 a.m. test; the alarm is set. In your dream, you awaken. It’s 9 a.m. You’ve slept through your exam.

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Topics: Brain Health, Aging

5 Memory Boosting Tips to Keep You Sharp

Posted by Christine F.

Jul 8, 2015 10:00:00 AM

67932973_thumbnail1Millions of Americans think about what they’d like to improve within their current lifestyle. Most are focused on becoming healthier; losing weight, getting more sleep, performing better at work, or picking up a favorite hobby. Every media outlet blares information about what we have to do to be healthier people.

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Topics: Mindful Tips, Brain Health

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