Reduce Alzheimer's Risk by 90 Percent (scroll down)
More than 80 million "boomers" can influence the way attitudes toward aging are right today, or could be in the near future. They can exert clout and expose outmoded ageist misconceptions and attitudes. They can propose that the time has come to demand respect for each person as a true measurement of value throughout a lifetime.
If you are one person who loves the idea of quality of life- regardless of age or physical ability, get your brain and body in gear, pick up this Practical Post50 Playbook, and read on.
Indeed over the years educators have come to a strong understanding that some types of learning require more cognitive processing than others. These appear to have more generalized benefits.
Bloom's taxonomy, skills
involving analysis, evaluation and synthesis (creation of new knowledge) are
thought to be of a higher order...as per this graphic from
The Practical POST-50 Playbook
HOW THE BRAIN WORKS
Do you need a Fitness Center for Your Brain? There are online tests for speed, accuracy, memory, attention, problem-solving and more. Readers of The Sage Companion may choose to check how on how you stack up against others of your age. But research http://en.wikipedia.org indicates that “Higher order thinking involves the learning of complex judgmental skills such as critical thinking and problem solving,” as per the following:
often not discovered until late in life,
is that when you look for things in life like love,
it implies they are sitting
behind a tree or under a rock.
The most successful people in life recognize,
that in life they create their own love,
they manufacture their own meaning,
they generate their own motivation.
I am driven by two main philosophies,
know more today about the world than I knew yesterday.
And lessen the suffering of others.
You’d be surprised how far that gets you. "
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Brain Health & Happiness
Life holds any number of challenges. Some may be pleasant. Others are heart-wrenching— the loss of a lifelong partner, the pain of betrayal, the death of a parent or child.
This small but substantial book offers you a self-guided experience into the practical art of transforming heartache into peaceful presence. In a simple (and delightful) process, you “re-wire your circuitry” to create new perspectives and a peaceful presence— on many levels .
In this self-guided experience use figurative language, imagery and a drawing technique as you take a hand,heart and mind approach to healing from loss.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY -AGING501
Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas-Dallas. Chapman is the author of Make Your Brain Smarter, in which she warns that “multitasking is toxic to your brain and your health.”
Chapman prefers people to slow down. Give the brain a chance to work. (The brain’s frontal lobe zips back and forth between chores in a high-performance demand that slows efficiency, according to Chapman.) Challenge your brain’s creative and analytical ability- try a novel approach- she recommends.
matters more to me is higher-order thinking:
judgment, reasoning, thinking organically.
That’s what I want people to get better at.”
The question of brain fitness comes up - at all ages- in terms of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Here is a mini expedition based on Bloom's Taxonomy to test.
What do YOU
know about aging?
TO FIND OUT
The Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Innovation Awards
Theme: Intergenerational Solidarity- aspiring to the "prospective creation of new designs and initiatives, while promoting a shift in thinking that focuses on the specific needs of an increasingly important population segment...today's [boomer and older adult] population is a dynamic consumer market that expects modern but practical products... programs and services fit for anyone at any age, and a built environment that is accessible and inclusive."
taking measure of
Can We Reduce Alzheimer's Risk by 90 Percent ?
RESEARCH from OXFORD UNIVERSITY indicates that Vitamins B6, B12
& folic acid can lower levels of homocysteine This may reduce Alzheimer's risk by 90 percent.
MORE ON SAFE SUPPLEMENTS
Grace: What the nun study teaches us about leading longer, healthier, and more
meaningful lives. Bantam Books, Snowdon D
Neurons Replace Memories Lost? Sci Aging
Knowledge Environ, Shors
Clinical, Pathological, and Neurochemical Changes in Dementia: A subgroup with preserved mental status and numerous neocortical plaques. Ann Neurol, Katzman R, Terry R, DeTeresa R, Brown T, Davies P, Fuld P, Renbing X, Peck A.
Brain: Frontal lobes and the civilized mind. Oxford,
Aging501 References for this Report
The Effect of Social Networks on the Relation between Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology and Level of Cognitive Function in Old People: A Longitudinal Cohort Study. The Lancet Neurology, Bennett et al.
Ability in Aged Beagle Dogs is Preserved by Behavioral Enrichment and Dietary
Fortification. Neurobiology of Aging,
Milgram NW, Head E, Zicker SC, Ikeda-Douglas CJ, Murphey H, Muggenburg B, Siwak
C, Tapp D, & Cotman CW
Maintaining Cognitive Vitality with Aging.
Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Fillitt et al.
The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force. Regan Books/Harper Collins Pub., Schwartz J, Begley S
AGING501IS A RICH AREA OF STUDY!