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Brain Awareness Week


Today officially kicks off  Brain Awareness Week (BAW), and BrainMasters is proud to be one of The Dana Foundation‘s partners. Be sure and check our BAW Calendar of Events, and join our brain celebration activities to be held during the next 2 weeks.

Here are some facts about BAW.

  • March 14-20, 2011 is BAW’s sixteenth annual celebration.
  • The goal of the campaign is to make the public more aware of the benefits and promise of brain research.
  • BAW is a global partnership of government agencies, scientific organizations, universities, hospitals, service groups, professional associations, schools, and other organizations. Since its inception in 1996, more than 2,600 partners in 82 countries have participated in the campaign.
  • Hundreds of BAW events take place each year. These activities are organized by partners to meet one or more of the following goals: scientific, education, or advocacy outreach.

Here are a couple of quick facts about your brain. Did you know that your brain accounts for ~ 2% of your total body weight and weighs ~ 3 pounds? The brain is one of the body’s largest organs. Interesting, isn’t it?

Now that you have learned a couple of things and fired those neurons, let’s give them a workout and stay sharp!

Unscramble the following words.

STLMTEEAP

ZDAIRW

EINDDEGS

TCEVRIEA

UOMCNL

TPSJOREC

Share your answers with us! Need help with these-just ask us! Enjoy exercising your brain today!

BrainMasters Upcoming Events for Brain Awareness Week and Season


We are so excited about the brain and the upcoming Brain Awareness Week that we have decided that the entire month of March is dedicated to the brain. Why it’s Brain Awareness Season! Please join us at these upcoming events in support of Brain Awareness Week and Season!



BrainMasters classes will be held March 14-18, 2011 at the Barclay in Buckhead (Atlanta). Reservations are required for participation in the series. Contact us now to reserve your spot!

Brainmasters will be at ManorCare of Marietta on Wednesday March 16, 2011 1:30-2:30 PM. We will host an information, educational hands on interactive  session about brain health, fitness, and maintenance. This event is open to the public. Contact us for more information.

ManorCare

4360 Johnson Ferry Place

Marietta, GA 30068

BrainMasters is proud to co-host an open house at Savannah Court on Tuesday March 22, 2011, 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM. We will be presented with a Proclamation from the Chairman of the Cobb County Commission in recognition of Brain Awareness Week. There will also be an  information, educational hands on interactive  session about brain health, fitness, and maintenance. This event is open to the public. Contact us for more information.

Join us at Savannah Court!

886 Johnson Ferry Road

Marietta, GA 30068

Senior Growth Tsunami


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. We a proud to be in partnership with The Dana Foundation to promote Brain Awareness Week, March 14-20, 2011.  Be sure and join us for events scheduled throughout  the month of March around the Atlanta area!

Contact us to schedule your brain education series and start building your cognitive reserve. We  want to help you improve  your brain health!

 

Brain Awareness Week


Did you know that March 14-20, 2011 is Brain Awareness Week? Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. BAW unites the efforts of universities,
hospitals, patient groups, government agencies, service organizations, professional
associations, and schools from around the world in a week-long celebration of the
brain. Since its inception in 1996, more than 2,400 partners in 76 countries have
participated in the campaign. Founded and coordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain
Initiatives and European Dana Alliance for the Brain, BAW is celebrating its sixteenth
anniversary campaign from March 14-20, 2011.  What are your “brain” plans for the week?

BrainMasters is proud to be a partner of the Dana Foundation and Brain Awareness Week!  We are busy planning events for the week and currently have one scheduled at Savannah Court Assisted Living in East Cobb on Tuesday March 15, 2011.  Our event will be an educational and hands on interactive workshop focusing on brain health, fitness, and maintenance.  Mark your calendars now and more details to follow.

 

 

 

Brain Boosters-Awesome Anagrams


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I have spring fever in February, the trees are in bloom, the pollen count is ridiculous, and the weather is just gorgeous. My daughter and I enjoyed a brisk walk and are now cooling down having some iced green tea along with apple slices and cinnamon. We have worked our bodies and eaten healthy brain foods. Now it is time to exercise our brains. Here we go.

Anagrams are a great brain exercise and they target problem solving skills, reasoning skills, thought organization, thought flexibility, judgment, and executive function skills. Anagrams are fun for everyone-teens, baby boomers, seniors. Anagrams are a fun brain building anti-aging activity to boost those brain cells, help form new neural pathways, and build your cognitive reserve. Brain exercises are important in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. So, try these anagrams as a family activity or part of a family game night, compete against friends or office co-workers and see who can find the most.  Enjoy, laugh, have fun-it’s good for all of us! Did you know that a  healthy heart helps us maintain a healthy mind and brain? Amazing, isn’t it?

Here are your anagrams. How many new words can be formed? Share your lists with us and let’s see who can generate the most words!

ALLERGIES

ANTIHISTIMINE

SNEEZING

TISSUES

BLOOMING

BLOSSOM

FLORAL

FLOWERS

DOGWOODS

OUTDOORS

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Brain Boosters-Presidental Anagrams


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In honor of Presidents Day, let’s try anagrams with a Presidential theme.

Don’t forget anagrams are a great brain exercise and they target problem solving skills, reasoning skills, thought organization, thought flexibility, judgment, and executive function skills. Anagrams are fun for everyone-teens, baby boomers, seniors. Anagrams are a fun brain building anti-aging activity to boost those brain cells, help form new neural pathways, and build your cognitive reserve. Brain exercises are important in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. So, try these anagrams as a family activity or part of a family game night, compete against friends or office co-workers and see who can find the most.  Enjoy, laugh, have fun-it’s good for all of us! Did you know that a  healthy heart helps us maintain a healthy mind and brain? Amazing, isn’t it?

Here are your anagrams. How many new words can be formed? Share your lists with us and let’s see who can generate the most words!

WASHINGTON

ADAMS

GARFIELD

WILSON

ROOSEVELT

CLEVELAND

CLINTON

PIERCE

JACKSON

TAYLOR

Here is something else to ponder on this holiday. Who are your top 4 favorite presidents and why?

Who are your 4 least favorite presidents and why? Share your thoughts and opinions with us and let’s get a good dialogue started. Thought provoking conversations and discussions are also good for your brain.

Brain Boosters-Scrambled Words


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It’s a beautiful day so I’m sitting outside enjoying the weather while getting my Vitamin D. Of course I’ve got a glass of green tea I’m enjoying with some herb goat cheese. Delicious!

Let’s try some scrambled words. These are great to help build your brain power and cognitive reserve. Scrambled words focus on problem solving, thought organization, thought flexibility, processing, reasoning skills, and executive function. Scrambled words are fun for all ages to enjoy. Make it a family activity or make it a  friendly competition. The important thing is that you’re working your brain,  building new neuro pathways and taking advantage of our brain’s plasticity. Keep trying new activities as this helps challenge the brain. By caring for and maintaining your brain and body, you are on your way to healthy aging, longevity, fighting Alzheimer’s and dementia, and improving your quality of life!  Don’t we all want to maintain our independence and age in place? So, dive in and make a commitment to become a lifelong learner!

Try unscrambling these words and let us know how you do! Have fun and enjoy!

NIAIPAPOTLC

KDCCEEH

EEEDTXPC

MMSSZRIAEU

RSIPDTENE

Brain Boosters for Valentine’s Day


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Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone’s day is filled with  love, joy, and happiness. Indulge in a few treats too! Have some dark chocolate, red wine,  strawberries, or chocolate covered strawberries. FYI, if you’re going to create your own chocolate covered strawberries, here is a helpful hint from Heidi. While the chocolate is melting, add  1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. This will help the chocolate adhere evenly to the strawberries and then form the nice hard chocolate coating.  Yummy! Did you notice that these are all good for your brain as well as your heart? What a perfect combination for Valentine’s Day!

How about some anagrams for Valentine’s Day? Anagrams are just one great way to exercise  your brain and get those neurons firing! You can compete against yourself, with a group, or  against others. Whichever  you prefer, it really doesn’t matter as long as you work that brain.

I have a cup of  dark roasted coffee, so prepare  a cup of green tea, coffee,  or hot cocoa with a healthy snack such as  spiced or plain walnuts, almondsdark chocolate, dark chocolate covered almonds-yummy, apple slices with cinnamon, strawberries, or blueberries and let’s exercise our brains. Remember, anagrams are a great brain exercise as they target problem solving skills, reasoning skills, thought organization, thought flexibility, judgment, and executive function skills. Anagrams are fun for everyone-teens, baby boomers, seniors. Anagrams are a fun brain building anti-aging activity to boost your brain cells, help form new neural pathways, and build your cognitive reserve. Try these anagrams as a family activity or part of a family game night, compete against friends or office co-workers and see who can find the most.  Enjoy, laugh, have fun-it’s good for all of us! Did you know that a  healthy heart helps us maintain a healthy mind and brain? Amazing, isn’t it?

Here are your anagrams. How many new words can be formed? Share your lists with us and let’s see who can generate the most words!

HEARTS

ROSES

CANDIES

VALENTINE

ROMANCE

CUPID

FRIENDS

SPECIAL

CHOCOLATE

FLOWER

Brain Boosters-Fun With Anagrams


Word Making & Anagrams

Let’s have fun with some new anagrams!  I just can’t get enough of these myself! These are really such fun and great for your brain! You can do these by yourself, with a group, or compete against others. Whichever way you prefer, it really doesn’t matter as long as you work that brain.

By the way, have you exercised today? If not, don’t stress as the day isn’t over. Go take a walk. Medical professionals now recommend we each strive to walk 10,000 steps each day. I’ve hit mine-how about you? Everyone must incorporate some type of exercise into their life in order to achieve longevity and healthy again!  Physical exercise gets the blood flowing and circulating and that’s good for your brain and brain health.

I have my cup of green tea so yourself  grab a cup of green tea, coffee,  or hot cocoa with some spiced or plain walnuts, almondsdark chocolate, dark chocolate covered almonds-yummy, apple slices with cinnamon, strawberries, or blueberries and let’s workout. Remember, anagrams are a great brain exercise and they target problem solving skills, reasoning skills, thought organization, thought flexibility, judgment, and executive function skills. Anagrams are fun for everyone-teens, baby boomers, seniors. Anagrams are a fun brain building anti-aging activity to boost those brain cells, help form new neural pathways, and build your cognitive reserve. Try these anagrams as a family activity or part of a family game night, compete against friends or office co-workers and see who can find the most.  Enjoy, laugh, have fun-it’s good for all of us! Did you know that a  healthy heart helps us maintain a healthy mind and brain? Amazing, isn’t it?

Here are your anagrams. How many new words can be formed? Share your lists with us and let’s see who can generate the most words!

CURTAINS

COCKTAILS

OCEANS

CONFINED

POPULAR

PARAGON

HARDWOODS

PANCAKE

CARAMEL

LOUNGES

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