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Nestlé invests in US brain food maker: ‘This is a big strategic move for us’.

How Crossword Puzzles May Keep Alzheimer’s Away | Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation


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How Crossword Puzzles May Keep Alzheimer’s Away | Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

Resveratrol could enhance exercise performance


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Resveratrol was first isolated from Senna quinquangulata (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

More good news about the potential health benefits of resveratrol from a study just published in the Journal of Physiology.

Resveratrol could enhance exercise performance.

BrainMasters at Huntcliff Health Fair 2012


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As you may know, today is National Senior Day and we celebrated by participating in the annual health fair at Huntcliff Summit. The turnout was great and all the residents and exhibitors had a fabulous day! Looking forward to our June classes at Huntcliff. Keep exercising your brain if you want to keep it healthy-use it or lose it!

8 Best Foods to Buy at a Farmers’ Market: Organic Gardening


Summer unofficially kicks off this weekend as we enjoy this  Memorial Day weekend with our family and friends. Many of us are likely to attend at least one barbeque or social outing. Keeping this in mind, here are a list of foods you should consider purchasing locally and/or organic. After all-it is your health!

Have a safe  Memorial Day weekend and remember to update your family health history and exercise your brain! Why not make it family game weekend and play some Scrabble, card games, hangman, anagrams, crossword puzzles? All these activities are a great and fun way to exercise your brain and utilize the principles of brain plasticity or neuroplasticity. Hey- Your brain-use it or lose it!

8 Best Foods to Buy at a Farmers’ Market: Organic Gardening

 

Brain Awareness Week Activities


Yesterday at the Parc we had such a fabulous event as we celebrated Brain Awareness Week 2012! We discussed ways to promote brain health and engaged in some fun and interactive brain fitness activities. Check out some of our photos. By the way, what do you think of our brain erasers?

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Omega-3 rich diet could protect against brain aging!


Are you getting enough Omega-3s in your diet? Studies continue to report that diets rich in Omega-3s may help protect the brain against aging. Read more here….

 

Omega-3 rich diet could protect against brain aging: Study.

Brain Boosters-Split States


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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!

 

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Eat These Spices to Reap Health Benefits


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As you prepare for Thanksgiving, be sure to include healthy food choices. Don’t forget about  the spices with your feast-cinnamon, rosemary, ginger, oregano, red peppers, thyme, and turmeric.  Guess what, they all have health benefits for mind and body.

Cinnamon-This is so simple to add into your foods or beverages. Add it to your sweet potatoes, coffee, cranberries, or pumpkin pie. Cinnamon is believed to help regulate blood sugar levels and possibly help lower cholesterol levels.

Rosemary-Add rosemary to your potatoes, rub on the turkey, add to vegetables. This spice is good for your memory and is believed to aid in reducing inflammation. Rosemary is full of minerals and vitamins.

Ginger-Flavor your pumpkin pie with ginger, bake ginger cookies, add ginger to your sweet potatoes. Ginger has been shown to help you feel better if you’re feeling queasy! Try taking a piece of fresh ginger in hot water and wow you have freshly brewed ginger tea. It’s delicious!

Oregano-Add oregano to your stuffing or to your vegetables. Oregano contains high amounts of antioxidants and is packed with flavor!

Red peppers-Red peppers have been shown to increase metabolism. Need I say more? Put it in your salad, add to your vegetables or stuffing. Use your imagination-the sky is the limit!

Thyme-Try adding fresh thyme to your stuffing or as part of a rub for turkey or other poultry. Thyme is another spice with antioxidant properties. It’s also delicious in a salad.

Turmeric-Turmeric is believed to have anti-cancer properties, promote healthy hearts, and have anti-aging properties as well. Studies are ongoing to determine  if there is a  link between turmeric  and a decreased risk of developing  Alzheimer’s Disease. Turmeric is found in curry powder,  so try some curry chicken. Turmeric can be added to vegetables, rice or potatoes.

So, as you prepare your Thanksgiving feast, take a close look at your recipes and determine where you can add these spices. After Thanksgiving, try to add these spices to your everyday cooking. Why not make a concerted effort to eat healthy and promote healthy aging while enjoying healthy living?

Happy Thanksgiving! To your health!

Do You Know Your Family Health History?


Do you know your family health history?  If not, I suggest you research and record your family health historyduring Thanksgiving.

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Since we gather together with our families during the holiday season, it’s an excellent time to get your family health history. Do you have a family history of Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, heart disease, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, thyroid disease,  or any other chronic disease? Did you  know that with any of these diseases you have an increased risk for developing memory problems and other cognitive deficits?

By doing a little research into your genes, you have the ability to map out a more healthy lifestyle. It’s never too late to make positive lifestyle choices whether you’re a senior, a baby boomer, in your 40’s or 30’s, or in college. Find out the age of  your oldest living blood relative. By the way, mine was 114, 115, or 116. I find that truly amazing!  Try to brainstorm as a family what this relative did to achieve such healthy aging and longevity.  Don’t be surprised to discover that these people probably have some things in common. They were active and kept moving, stayed engaged and connected with people, and consumed a healthy diet. No junk food or fast food on a regular basis.  Strive for that  kind of lifestyle to achieve optimal  health.  Don’t forget to include  regular exercise as a part of a healthy lifestyle!  Why not take advantage of every possibility to lessen your chances of developing memory loss or suffering a cognitive decline? Remember, memory loss does not have to be a part of the normal aging process! Be in command of your health and your life!

So, take charge of your health! Engage your brain with challenging and fun brain fitness activities. Let’s build your cognitive reserve through some mentally stimulating activities. Learn a new game,  learn a new language, participate in a social group, and EXERCISE!  Try our Brain Boosters! One of the secrets to longevity is to achieve a healthy balance between a healthy mind, body, and spirit!

Let us know the age of your oldest relative, too! Happy Thanksgiving!  Now is the time for YOU commit to your health!

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