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Thursday, March 31, 2005

My Wow! for this week

Robert Sabuda's pop-up books! Wow! I bought "America the Beautiful" and it turns out that he has several pop-up books and is known as the Prince of pop-up books.

Cheri at B&N told me about these books. Cheri reads stories for children every Wednesday evening at the Racine Barnes and Noble store.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

The Premise

If you use your brain in novel ways and stimulate new connections between the neurons, your brain will develop more plasticity or resilience.

I use this premise in my Brain Jogging Club. Each time we meet, we do something different to stimulate the brain. Exciting the brain in novel ways improves your quality of life.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Wilson Park Senior Center

Recently, I started a Brain Jogging Club for members of the Wilson Park Senior Center. Until then, I had gone twice a year to give a presentation about brain fitness for the past two years. Each time I went there my presentation was attended by at least 25 people. Then I got the idea that I can do something more regular and suggested a Brain Jogging club.

Today was my second Brain Jogging Club meeting this month. Two weeks ago we had 20 attendees and today we had 12. This time we had desks to write on. I started with mazes. Next we did poetry reading, "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes. After that we talked about the importance of finding inspiration - filling the well as described by Julia Cameron in "The Artist's Way". We talked about visualization and emotion and their importance for memory. We worked on a map of the United States and filled in the names of states (given the first letter of each state). Then I talked about the importance of personal resources such as hope, courage, enthusiasm, caring, openness and imagination. We ended with meditation.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Brain Jogging presentation

Benefits of physical fitness are well known but what about mental fitness? Research shows that the brain is like a muscle. Mental fitness reduces resistance to learning and improves your memory. How does your memory work? What can you do to improve it? How can you become more alert and productive in your professional and personal life? This presentation answers these questions and more! You will learn and practice exercises designed to stimulate your “memory fitness”. Are you too tired or busy to attend? Students of all ages frazzled by the demands of daily life report feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after attending this presentation. You will too! (Presentation length: 1 hr.)

For more information about this presentation call 262-880-2269