Having lived in Seattle for 20 years, I know what it means to be part of a city infused by “coffee culture.” In Seattle, no one honestly seems to be able to function until they have had their morning caffeine kick. You’ll see people walking the streets with disposable coffee cups almost as a fashion accessory. The original Starbucks in Pike’s Market is a bit of a shrine for tourists and normally has a long queue of customers. There are also lots of local boutique cafes with baristas celebrating coffee as an art form.
The last time I had to fill in a medical form, it asked me “How many hours a week do you exercise?” I had to laugh. Hours? Surely you jest!
Dr. John Medina has a passion for unlocking the mysteries of the aging brain. He is a developmental molecular biologist and the author of a New York Times best-selling book called Brain Rules.
One of the biggest myths about women over 60 is that we live in a “shrinking world” and we’re not interested in learning new things. Nothing could be further from the truth!
As we have discussed before, one of the best ways for women over 60 to reduce their risk of dementia and keep their minds sharp is by playing cognitively challenging “brain games.” Even if you are not at high risk for dementia, perhaps you would like to feel more mentally sharp and energized, with faster memory and better attention to detail?
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!
In this episode of the Sixty and Me Show, I speak with the dynamic Dr. Cynthia Green, one of America’s foremost memory fitness and brain health experts. She shares with us how we can preserve our memory and maintain our mental agility and brain health as we grow older.
The first time I put my keys in the fridge, I thought I was just busy and forgetful. But, when, later that day, I lost my phone in a bag of vegetables, I really started to worry. Convinced that I had allowed my brain to fall into lazy patterns, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
Since my son has a passion for technology and learning (he speaks 6 languages), I turned to him for advice. He suggested that I try Lumosity.com, an online service that provides fun brain games that are specially designed to get your neurons pumping (i.e. make your brain work better).
In this episode of the Sixty and Me Show, I had the unique opportunity to speak with Dr. Indre Viskontas, a neuroscientist (and opera singer) who shares her insights on how to keep the brain healthy after 60 in four different ways – nutrition, stress management, mental stimulation and exercise. Her observations are both inspirational and practical.
I saw a poster once that said “don’t fear getting older, fear getting boring”. One of our biggest fears as we age is that we will lose our ability to think in new and creative ways and lose our mental sharpness. The good news is that, contrary to popular belief, it is not a given that your brain degenerates as you age.