This is my latest download design.
Don't you just love it.
I was a teenager and a young adult during the 1960's & 70's
This was a time when the car to own was a
VW Van or a Beetle
That is if you wanted to be cool :)
I was in my early 50's when I bought my first VW Beetle & I loved it.
You might say I was a late bloomer :)
These two photos are pages from one of our family scrapbooks.
I was so proud of this little car.
I could not drive it without a big smile on my face :)
This is the photo I used when I sold it, many years later.
I used the money to help buy my Gibson guitar.
Now I can not get it down to play, without smiling :)
Because I am an early baby boomer,
and I have worked in the health care field.
I've seen way too many cases of Alzheimer's in my life.
It is something that we can help do something about.
If you are my age or if you have parents and grandparents my age,
think about adding some of these things to your (their) daily lives.
The health of your brain, like the health of your body, depends on many factors.
While some factors, such as your genes, are out of your control,
many powerful lifestyle factors are within your sphere of influence.
The six pillars of a brain-healthy lifestyle are:
- Regular exercise
- Healthy diet
- Mental stimulation
- Quality sleep
- Stress management
- An active social life
the healthier and hardier your brain will be.
When you lead a brain-healthy lifestyle,
your brain will stay working stronger & longer.
#3 Is a great reason to create a blog :)
- Learn something new. Study a foreign language, learn sign language, practice a musical instrument, read the newspaper or a good book, or take up a new hobby. The greater the novelty and challenge, the larger the deposit in your brain reserves.
- Practice memorization. Start with something short, progressing to something a little more involved, such as the 50 U.S. state capitals. Create rhymes and patterns to strengthen your memory connections.
- Enjoy strategy games, puzzles, and riddles. Brain teasers and strategy games provide a great mental workout and build your capacity to form and retain cognitive associations. Do a crossword puzzle, play board games or cards, or work word and number games, such as Scrabble or Sudoku.
- Practice the 5 W’s. Observe and report like a crime detective. Keep a “Who, What, Where, When, and Why” list of your daily experiences. Capturing visual details keeps your neurons firing.
- Follow the road less traveled. Take a new route, eat with your non-dominant hand, rearrange your computer file system. Vary your habits regularly to create new brain pathways.
* I'll add this to the list:
- Create a Blog. Learn a new skill like embroidery, knitting, creating "new" recipes, scrap-booking, card making, creating an art journal, re-purposing furniture etc.
The main thing is to make it something "new",
newness is what keeps the brain renewing it's self.
I'm having so much fun learning my new machine.
And guess what, I'm fighting my chances of catching Alzheimer's at the same time.
That's a pretty super "Win, Win situation",
Don't you think?
Well, you all get my point.
I want a healthy life style for myself and for all of you
and your loved ones.
Put a smile on your face today.
Do something new, or visit your parents or grandparents
and do something fresh and stimulating with them.
Our bodies are vessels of God,
let's take care of them.
I'm writing this post to reinforce this message into my brain.
I'm good at doing things in #3 on the list,
but I need help in #'s 1, 2 & 4.
Today is a new day . . .
and today I'm making a new schedule
for my daily life and planning to start
taking better care of this marvelous vessel.
This creation of God.
Have a happy day.
Your blogging sister,