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Simple Rules for Better Brain Health – Interview with John Medina

Margaret Manning

In this episode of the Sixty and Me Show I speak with the amazing brain scientist and best-selling author of Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina. He is the Director of the Brain Centre for Research at Seattle Pacific University and on the faculty at the University of Washington. His passion for the human brain is infectious and stimulating! We discuss myths about the brain, how it really works, the brain rules that are especially applicable to people over 60, and all of the specific things we can do to keep our aging brain energized and healthy. 

We talk about the importance of exercise, managing stress, sleep, visual learning and how to use tricks and tips to address and reduce memory loss. He explains how understanding the brain can be applied to education and business.

We discuss how the brain changes after 60. Dr. Medina explains the difference between simple forgetfulness and more serious brain disease and also surprises us with a 13 ‘rule’ that he would add if he was updating his best-selling book – power of nostalgia to improve brain function. Enjoy the show!

Mentioned Resources

Brain Rules, by John Medina

Brain Rules for Baby, by John Medina

John Medina’s official website with videos and resources

Scientist in the Crib, by Alison Gopnik

Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era, YouTube video mentioned by John while talking about the power of nostalgia

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  1. Learning new things, puzzles, having friends..!

  2. … sociability, travels, reading, learning always learning…

  3. Watch this, its informative and entertaining!

  4. reading, surfin’ the net for information, social interaction with ” real ” people.

  5. My brain is fine thanks.

  6. Very interesting but there is one other thing we can do to help our brain stay young and memorizing like we always have and that is make sure we are not Vitamin B 12 deficient:

  7. Thanks! Very good interview!,

  8. Very interesting interview…thanks….really enjoyed it..!

  9. I didn’t read the interview yet but nobody knows how the brain work, of course. However, always nice to get some insights from those who study IT.