Just finished listening to a presentation on PBS by Dr. Daniel Amen and feel it is well worth the time to share with others. He has produced a program only on PBS that is titled “Magnificient Mind at Any Age”. I wrote down twelve prescriptions that he brought out in his program. I will share his website at the end of this list.
- Love Your Brain – watch what you eat and make sure you get the proper amount of sleep for you. In the early 1900’s, people slept for 9-10 hours per night.
- Protect Your Brain – always use safety devices like bicycle helmets and seat belts
- Stop Poisoning Your Brain – avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, and cleaning agents without proper ventilation
- Protect Your Memory – early detection yearly after age 50 is critical to catch Alzheimers
- Sleep is Essential to Brain Health – exercise helps cognitive function. use natural substance like melatonin or kava kava before sleep aids that have side effects
- Learn Brain Healthy Ways to Deal with Pain – alternatives for pain relieve such as fish oil, acupuncture, music therapy, and hypnosis
- Brain Healthy Diet – lean protein, low glycemic, high fiber carbohydrates, beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and leafy vegetables
- Physical Exercise – 30 minutes per day boosts blood flow to brain, produces new brain cells.
- Mental Exercise – learn something new like a musical instrument, new language, crossword puzzles, avoid alcohol, tobacco. Studies show that these activities add 14 years to your life.
- Notice What You Love About Your Life not What You Hate – write down five things you are grateful for each day
- Notice What You Love About Other People More Than What You Don’t – be careful what you focus on and you will be happier
- Develop Resilience – Resilience in psychology is the positive capacity of people to cope with stress and catastrophe. It is also used to indicate a characteristic of resistance to future negative events. In this sense “resilience” corresponds to cumulative “protective factors” and is used in opposition to cumulative “risk factors”.
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