Monthly Archives: February 2012

Brain Injury Awareness


Did you know that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month? BrainMasters is committed to increasing brain awareness and has provided a link to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website that contains information we all should be familiar with when it comes to brain injury prevention and awareness. You will even find a quiz to test your knowledge of brain injury as well as many facts, figures and statistics.

Did you know that every year 1.7  million people will sustain a traumatic brain injury? Of those-

  • 52,000 die,
  • 275,000 are hospitalized, and
  • 1.365 million, nearly 80%, are treated and released from an emergency department

Do you know the leading causes for brain injuries?

  • Falls (35.2%);
  • Motor vehicle – traffic (17.3%);
  • Struck by/against events (16.5%); and
  • Assaults (10%)

Do you know the 7  ways to avoid a head injury according to the CDC?

1. Wearing a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.

2. Buckling your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt (according to the child’s height, weight, and age).

  • Children should start using a booster seat when they outgrow their child safety seats (usually when they weigh about 40 pounds). They should continue to ride in a booster seat until the lap/shoulder belts in the car fit properly, typically when they are 4’9” tall

3.  Never driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

4. Wearing a helmet and making sure your children wear helmets.

5. Making living areas safer for seniors, by:

  • Removing tripping hazards such as throw rugs and clutter in walkways;
  • Using nonslip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors; Installing grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower;Installing handrails on both sides of stairways;Improving lighting throughout the home; and
  • Maintaining a regular physical activity program, if your doctor agrees, to improve lower body strength and balance.

6. Making living areas safer for children, by:

Installing window guards to keep young children from falling out of open windows; and

Using safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around.

7. Making sure the surface on your child’s playground is made of shock-absorbing material, such as hardwood mulch or sand.

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/BrainInjury/

Brain Boosters-Split States


English: The United States Esperanto: Loko de ...

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Welcome! You must be here as you are ready for some stimulating and challenging brain fitness activities designed to help you build that cognitive reserve and stave off dementia or Alzheimer’s!  Here is a fun and different brain exercise that is designed to target the areas of thought organization, executive function,  and attention/focus. This brain game is  for all ages to enjoy. Just yesterday a group of seniors had a blast with this activity, as I know you will too. Remember, your brain just like your body requires exercise to maintain optimal level  health and fitness.

Ready? Hidden within this string of letters you will find the names of 3 U.S States. You must use all the letters and not change the order of any of the letters. The names of the states are in the correct order-not scrambled. Have fun while exercising your brain!

 

MWIIMSNCANOENSSIONETIAN

Decaffeinated coffee may boost brain metabolism and functions: Mouse Study


Looking to boost your brain power without caffeine? Did you know that decaf coffee may provide a memory boost and improved brain function? Read the article here.

 

Decaffeinated coffee may boost brain metabolism and functions: Mouse Study.

Brain Boosters-Anagrams for February


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Have you ever challenged your brain with anagrams? Anagrams are another great brain exercise to help build your cognitive reserve. Yes, anagrams are anti aging for the brain promoting brain health and fitness.  Anagrams are fun for people of all ages- kids, teens, young adults, sandwich generation, baby boomers, and seniors of course! Anagrams target the cognitive areas of problem solving, reasoning, executive function, memory, and vocabulary. Before you attempt these dementia fighting, anti Alzheimer’s Disease mentally stimulating brain exercises, let’s be sure everyone knows what anagrams are.  Beginning with a single word, your challenge is to rearrange all the letters and form new words. You may form more than one word with the letters provided all the letters are used. Here is an example. If  BRAIN is the starter word, rearrange the letters to form the words: RAN BI. I think you get the point. Enjoy, laugh, take a deep breath, grab a healthy snack and drink,  sit back relax and get ready to challenge yourself. Let’s promote mental fitness, mental stimulation, healthy aging, health and wellness, longevity, and brain health. So, here’s to your brain.

Try anagrams for the following list of words. Create as many new word combinations as you can!

VALENTINE

CHOCOLATES

FLOWERS

ROMANTIC

KINDNESS

HAPPINESS

PRESENTS

CELEBRATION

SURPRISES

SWEETHEARTS

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