Category Archives: Brain Maintenance

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/

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!

Brain Boosters-October Anagrams


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Wow, we are almost at the mid point of October and Halloween is just around the corner! As we enter the holiday season, remember how important it is to take care of your health and your brain! Speaking of the brain it’s time to exercise your brain, form new brain pathways, build your cognitive reserve, challenge yourself,  engage in new learning!  Become a lifelong learner, and take advantage of your brain and neuroplasticity skills through new learning.  We are never too old for new learning or too young to begin building our cognitive reserves!  Let’s try some anagrams today. Create as many new words as you can from the following words.

First, go grab a healthy snack-blueberries, strawberries, apples, walnuts, almonds, peanuts, veggie sticks, dark chocolate, paired with a healthy beverage-green tea, water, red wine. I just had some walnuts and iced green tea. Ready? Here are your words.

HALLOWEEN

COSTUMES

CANDIES

GOBLINS

PUMPKINS

DECORATIONS

 

Remember to exercise your body as well! Physical exercise helps pump blood throughout your body-including your brain. Studies have shown that by walking just 35 minutes a day at least 3 days/week it’s possible to increase the size of your hippocampus, which may correlate to improved memory skills! So, get up, leash that dog and take a walk!

Upcoming Events at BrainMasters


Here are some exciting and upcoming October events for BrainMasters. We challenge you to exercise your brain! Will you accept the challenge? Remember, we are never too old to engage in new learning. Contact us to schedule your classes at your convenience. See you soon!

Thursday, October 13, 2011  @ Huntcliff Summit 2:30-3:30

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 @ Parc Alpharetta 10:45-11:45

Thursday, October 27, 2011 @ Huntcliff Summit 2:30-3:30

Feed Your Mind!

Brain Boosters-September Anagrams-Back to School


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Well, it’s hard to believe it’s already September! Summer is essentially gone, and now we’re all back to school. Some of you may even be  planning your family holiday vacations.

Remember to always schedule time for your health, both physical and mental exercise. Speaking of exercise, it’s  time to exercise your brain, form new brain pathways, build your cognitive reserve, challenge yourself,  engage in new learning!  Become a lifelong learner, and take advantage of your brain or neuroplasticity skills through new learning.  We are never too old for new learning or too young to begin building our cognitive reserves!  Let’s try some anagrams today. Create as many new words as you can from the following words.

Go grab a healthy snack-blueberries, apples, walnuts, almonds, veggie sticks, dark chocolate, paired with a healthy beverage-green tea, water, red wine. I just had some walnuts and peach green tea. Ready?

READING

WRITING

ARITHMETIC

TEACHER

PRINCIPAL

CARPOOL

CRAYONS

HOMEWORK

Remember to exercise your body as well! Physical exercise helps pump blood throughout your body-including your brain. Studies have shown that by walking just 35 minutes a day at least 3 days/week it’s possible to increase the size of your hippocampus, which may correlate to improved memory skills! So, get up, leash that dog and take a walk! Be sure to drink plenty of water, too! Your brain and body need water for optimal function. Here’s to your health!

Have You Had Your Brain Food Today?


As you prepare your  meals, be sure to include healthy food choices. Don’t forget about  the spices-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 it on meats, 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 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 pizza, Italian foods or 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 rice. Use your imagination-the sky is the limit!

Thyme-Try adding fresh thyme to vegetables or as part of a rub for turkey or chicken. 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 daily meals, take a close look at your recipes and determine where you can add these spices.  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?

Here’s to your brain health!

BrainMasters Memory Game


Enjoy a brief clip from a BrainMasters class at the Parc Alpharetta. Watch as we engage our participants in a Brain Booster designed to address immediate and short term memory skills. What could be better than strengthening your memory skills while having fun?

BrainMasters at the Parc Alpharetta


Enjoy a brief clip from a BrainMasters class at the Parc Alpharetta.  These participants definitely had fun while exercising their brains! This Brain Booster addresses thought organization, problem solving, and thought flexibility skills.

BrainMasters ABC Memory Game


Enjoy a brief clip from a BrainMasters class at the Parc Alpharetta. We love to exercise the brain while having fun! These participants definitely had fun while giving their brains a workout!

Senior Growth Tsunami-Will You Be Ready?


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Have you heard about the upcoming tsunami of senior growth projected in the next decade? This is what researchers from the Urban Institute are calling the mass influx of retiring baby boomers. The Urban Institute has identified the 20 U.S. cities where most of the baby boomers are expected to retire and where senior housing and care will grow as well.

The Urban Institute has predicted that the senior population of Georgia will increase by 40% between 2010 and 2020 just from the aging in place of the baby boomers alone. Georgia is expecting an additional 4% growth from migration of people 65 and older. That’s a significant number!

Are you able to name the 20 metro areas that will experience the most growth as a result from retiring baby boomers? In case you’re not able, here is the list.

1. Raleigh-Cary, NC (31.6%)

2. Austin-Round Rock, TX (30.1%)

3. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA (29.8%)

4. Boise City-Nampa, ID (28.7%)

5. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV (27.8%)

6. Orlando-Kissimmee, FL (27.2%)

7. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (23.7%)

8. Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington, TX (22.7%)

9.  Colorado Springs, CO (22.6%)

10. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX (21.5%)

11.  Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (21.0%)

12. Charleston-North Charleston, SC (20.8%)

13. Albuquerque, NM (19.5%)

14. Tuscon, AZ (19.2%)

15. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC/VA (19.1%)

16. Salt Lake City, UT (19.0%)

17. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC (18.2%)

18. Denver-Aurora, CO (18.1%)

19. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN (18.1%)

20. Ogden-Clearfield, UT (18.0%)

What will you do to prepare? How do you fit into the senior growth tsunami? Many of these up and coming seniors will need services to help them successfully age and retain their independence.

At BrainMasters, we are preparing to do our part! We are committed to educating the public by increasing awareness of  brain health, brain fitness, and brain maintenance as part of a healthy lifestyle to achieve longevity and maintain independence.

Contact us to schedule your brain education series and start building your cognitive reserve. Check our updated calendar for upcoming events and classes during the month of July. We  want to help you improve  your brain health!

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