The mature Brain - University of Tennessee

The mature Brain - University of Tennessee

THE POSITIVE POWER OF THE MATURE BRAIN Created by: Beth Bell UT Extension Dyer County THEY SAY. Over the hill Out to pasture

Twilight years Retired These words reflect a stubborn myth --- that aging is a negative experience. Getting

old isnt for sissies! Betty Davis OLD DOG NEW TRICKS!!

Click icon to add picture BASED ON THE BOOK By Gene D. Cohen, MD, Ph.D.

EARLY BRAIN RESEARCH STOPPED AT AROUND AGE 50 - 60

Sigmund Freud Jean Piaget Erik Eriksons stages only include adult hood and Mature Age These theories were not wrong --- just incomplete

BIG NEWS IS Mature brains are better at many intellectual tasks than young brains

The brain retains its ability to form new memories (make new connections between brain cells).

It can actually GROW new cells! BIG DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOUNG BRAIN AND MATURE BRAIN

Mature brain has learned more! Mature brain has a better ability to use both sides of the brain Mature brain has what is called Inner Push INNER PUSH

FOUR PHASES Midlife reevaluation Liberation Summing up Encore

HOW DO YOU GROW YOUR MIND? EXERCISE MENTALLY Brain is like a muscle, the more it is

used, the more it grows! ACHIEVE MASTERY BIG C AND LITTLE C ESTABLISH STRONG SOCIAL NETWORKS

PICK CHALLENGING LEISURE ACTIVITIES Listed in order of most effective activities Dancing

Playing board games Playing a musical instrument Doing crossword puzzles Reading For individuals who did crossword puzzles 4 days a week, the risk of dementia was 47% lower than for

those who did puzzles once a week! GAMES TO ENHANCE THE MATURE MIND Parade.com/ braingames

BE SURE TO GROW BOTH SIDES OF YOUR BRAIN http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=eA1X87FsUJ0&feature=related LEFT BRAIN DOMINANCE

RIGHT BRAIN DOMINANCE SO HOW DO YOU BUILD YOUR MATURE BRAIN? RESEARCH SHOWS THAT EXERCISING MENTALLY :

Lowers risk of developing Cognitive impairment, dementia, etc.

Older women who increased physical activity by walking had less cognitive decline over the next 6-8 years Cardio fitness increased connections in brain cells COMMUNITY ARTS PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS

Had better health after one year Had fewer doctor visits Used fewer medications Felt less depressed Were less lonely Had higher morale Were more socially active

Taken from study of Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts, San Francisco SOME NEW BOOKS ON THE BRAIN THE LIST Cognitive

Physical Little C Creative Big C Creative Read one magazine article

each day. Study Bible lesson each Tuesday night. Call Gail to ask for a hydrangea cutting. Make new pillows for living room.

Call Shelley to see if we can walk on Tuesday mornings. Join the a fitness group Goal: Walk one mile three times a week. Visit Aunt Sarah to record

family history. Label photographs and sort them to give to family members.

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