Top memory tips from experts

nun, professor, pencil, soup, banana, teddy bear, friendMemorize this list of 7 items then try to recall them all in 10 minutes. If you can't, check out these tips from "memory experts" to help you improve your ability to recall lists, phone numbers and other pieces of information.1. Pay attention (don't let yourself get distracted by texting, Facebook, etc.) when you're trying to store something in your memory.2. Create a mental picture (remember the atmosphere of your location, some characteristics of the person's face, etc.)....more

More evidence that you can rewire your brain at ANY age

Remember when scientists thought the wiring of your brain was established by the time you were a young adult? (If you don't, you might want to get some brain training to strengthen your memory!) Well now scientists continue to uncover proof that your brain can be "rewired" at ANY age - even an advanced age!In a study recently published in "Neuron," researchers shared their findings. How does this information impact the average person?...more

Type, not amount, of fat decreases cognitive function in women

A study of 6,000 women (all over 65) found that changes in cognitive function were reflective of the TYPE of fat - not the amount - that they ate.Those who ate the most saturated fat (red meat, butter, etc.) had the worst overall cognitiion and memory over the 4 years they were tested.Those who at the most monounsaturated fats (olive oil) had the best cognitive scores.In addition, it's important to note that declines in cognitive function can increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's....more

The Horizontal Hourglass Theory of Aging


Embracing Our Selves At 50

 "The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it" ~John Ruskin...more

More proof that the "Use it or Lose it" practice protects the brain

An active brain does more than lower the risk of dementia.Researchers in the UK studied post-mortem brains and found that - controlling for everything else - those people who were the most cognitively active had healthier brains.Men with an active cognitive lifestyle had less disease in the brain's blood vessels. For women, an active cognitive lifestyle meant greater brain weight.In both genders, a higher cognitive lifestyle score was associated with greater coritcal thickness in the frontal lobe and greater neuronal density (both are good things)....more

A Legacy of Spirit

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae WestSpirit's Silver Anniversary....more
Happy 25th to spirit! He is beautiful and truly lives up to his name :)more

A Leaf on My Mind is missingThere must be a linkSomething left behindGone in a blink...more

Midlife and Tattoos: Why I Ink

No, I am not barreling at the speed of light toward a midlife crisis, I'd like to squash that idea right now.Yes, I realize that at 40-something many people are removing their tattoos not getting them.No, I am not desperately clinging to my youth by pretending to be edgy and cool - I'm ALREADY edgy and cool, just ask my kids and then ignore their snorts and eye-rolling. Yes, I may possibly be out of my mind, but the crazy is what keeps y'all coming back for more so I'm  unleashing a whirling dervish of it here in today's post. You're welcome....more
I wonder where you live! I got my first tattoo at 14, my most recent one at 52 (menopause plus ...more

Middle-Age: Am I There Yet?

A random tweet from Bookalicious Pam asked, "What is middle age?"So very far up my alley, I had to write a post. I'd love to know what you think about middle age.
 @isthisthemiddle  What a positive attitude. I like it! I haven't seen a guy who ...more