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Free Memory Health Seminar

Free Memory Health Seminar For Brisbane Residents

Spring Into Brain Health with this FREE learning event you won’t want to miss

Here’s how to prevent memory loss and boost your brain fitness.

Learn how to strengthen your cognitive powers so you can stress less, have better clarity and protect the brain-based skills that are essential for full, rewarding, and independent living

Register now to lock in your seat.

Why Should You Come?

The numbers paint a story,

  • 35% of dementia cases is preventable and you personally can reduce your lifetime risk by 1/3rd by taking simple everyday actions (LANCET, 2017)
  • 1 person every 3seconds is diagnosed with dementia.
  • Dementia affects more women than men.
  • Our brain based skills help us live and enjoy our life and any threat to this can impact your independence.

We’ve put this event together to help us prevent avoidable memory loss.

Here’s What Other Memory Health Seminar Attendees Have Said About The Event

  • I thought the presentation was excellent. All should attend.
  • A most interesting presentation. I would certainly encourage anyone to attend.
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What Can I Do To Help My MS At Home

What Can I Do To Help My MS At Home

There is an emerging interest in the role of lifestyle intervention for neurological conditions and MS being one of these conditions gaining more media attention.  In this article we discuss emerging MS Lifestyle Interventions and Research with a special focus on answering what I can do to help my MS at home.

The world is seeing an increase in MS diagnoses – about three-quarters of them women but there are differences between regions for example between Australia and Japan ( MS Paris 2017).

In this article we refer to the work of Professor George Jelinek, a pioneer into lifestyle interventions for MS, which gratefully has drawn more research attention into the role of lifestyle medicine and the effect it has on reducing risk associated with MS.

So, What Can I Do To Help My MS At Home?

It’s worth declaring right up front, according to the MS Research Australia, “everyone’s MS and their individual circumstances are different meaning that the treatment and management of their disease is also very individual.… .. Click here to read the rest

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15 Best Books For Memory Health Mastery

Win these 15 Best Books For Memory Health Mastery

15 Best Books For Memory Health Mastery

If there was a dollar for every time we present and someone asks, “Is there anything you’d recommend reading?”, we’d be enjoying a few more holiday’s and team dinners.

Behind this question is a reflection of where the person is at. Likely ,

  • wanting more information to make better choices,
  • wanting clarity admist all the noise,
  • wanting a reference when they get stuck,
  • wanting to take control of their memory health destiny and are starting down this path.

We’re proud to announce:

The Great Memory Health Book Give Away

Win 15 Best Books For Memory Health Mastery

There is no doubt a clear case to involve the right people with the right skills to help you with your specific problems but for many they want to explore and discover what fits their life, their perspective. Having a handy library of go to books maybe the right step.

So to help get you started and in the spirit of Memory Health Mastery In May we’ve put together this list of 15 Best Books For Memory Health Mastery.… .. Click here to read the rest

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help Clear “Brain Waste”

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help Clear “Brain Waste”

A study published in the online edition of The FASEB JOURNAL has revealed yet another reason why it is important for us to include omega-3 fatty acids in our diet. These essential polyunsaturated fatty acids which are found in fish oil appear to help clear out harmful waste products from the brain.

Mice enriched with omega-3s effectively clear metabolites

Research has already revealed that omega-3 fatty acids can be beneficial in many ways, including helping repair the brain after injury, shielding us against age-related mental decline and memory loss as we age, and allaying several psychiatric disorders. This study also shows that omega-3 fatty acids can improve how our glymphatic system (a system responsible for removing waste products like metabolites and peptides from the brain) does its job.

Researchers compared fat-1 mice that were enriched with omega-3s to wild-type mice who were not. The researchers found

  • the mice enriched with omega-3s were able to remove brain waste products significantly better than the wild mice.

Some of the wild-type mice were then also given fish oil supplements which contained high levels of omega-3s.… .. Click here to read the rest

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Can Old Brains Grow

 

Can Old Brains Grow?

It’s my son’s 9th birthday this Saturday.

I know – I can’t believe it either.

Too fast, too big – oh my how they change.

I seem to be rolling out every parent’s observation.

What’s interesting about this and the reason I mention this is that since his birth to the time in which he is an adult his brain will double in size.

In his early 20s his brain will weigh about 1.4kg and there will be about 100 billion neurons and over a trillion connections.

But is that it for my future adult son?

Is that it for you as an older adult?

The long standing belief was that the process of aging in the brain is largely a story of deterioration and decline. Key to this theory is that new neurons are not developed beyond mid teens. ( Neurons being the working cell/unit of the brain)

A number of studies have supported this position by finding no evidence of neuron growth in the pre-frontal cortex and other areas, however, it is now emerging despite the strong headwinds of traditional beliefs, there are several areas in the brain that grow new neurons.… .. Click here to read the rest

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9 Causes Of Temporary Memory Loss

Is My Memory Loss Serious?

 9 Causes Of  Temporary Memory Loss

Temporary memory loss happens.

Like many of us, at some point you’ve likely ran around the house searching furiously all the drawers looking for your car keys. A few days later, you bump into a friend and for all the tea in China, you can’t remember her name.

You can’t help but think is this normal memory lapse or is this the sign of something more sinister?

For most of us, the experience of memory change may be temporary, and in many cases easy to reverse without too much effort.

So, whether it’s occasional forgetfulness or there is a loss of short term memory, there are a number of factors which can cause this short term, recoverable experience.

It’s worth bearing in mind some forgetting is normal.

Your memory, much like a sailboat can have smooth sailing days or can be buffeted by adverse conditions. The same goes with temporary memory loss, when the conditions change your performance can go back to usual.  However, the more exposure to poor conditions the likelihood of damage may increase.… .. Click here to read the rest

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Tips For Maintaining A Healthy Brain

Top Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Brain

Brain stimulation and exercises are a great way to keep our memory and cognitive function in tip-top shape.

Challenging your mind may contribute to continually improving your thinking and reasoning, your language skills like you vocabulary, and it can even help you socially.

There are a number of ways you can stimulate your brain, with some of the most notable being sudoku and crossword puzzles.

But this post offers a variety of alternatives, like:

  • Learning how to play a musical instrument. There are a number of community organisations where you can sign up for private or group lessons, and some libraries also loan out musical instruments for weeks at a time.
  • Learn a second, third or fourth language. This people who have developed the skill to speak another language have been observed to have a larger area allocated for speech than those who do not.
  • Joining an interest group. Have a hobby or want to get politically involved? Discussing interests with like-minded individuals has proven to help individuals think critically and it will help you clearly express your thoughts and ideas.
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Three Keys to Maintaining a Healthy Ageing Brain

Three Keys To Maintaining A Healthy Ageing Brain

Having the occasional “forgetful” or “senior moment” is something most of us have dealt with. Lapses in memory can happen at any age, but contrary to popular belief, ageing is often not the sole cause of cognitive decline.

Significant memory loss in older individuals can also be due to brain injury, neurological illnesses, or organic disorders. Studies have shown, however, that you can prevent cognitive decline and be proactive in reducing your risk of dementia by doing the following:

  1. Don’t stop learning

Challenge your brain through mental exercise. Experts believe that mental exercises activate processes which help maintain brain cells and stimulate brain cell communication.

You can stay mentally active by:

  • Learning a new skill
  • Pursuing a hobby
  • Volunteering for a project

As long as the skill is one that you do not usually use, you can make major strides in improving your memory.

  1. Keep moving

Flexing your body muscles may actually help you flex your “brain muscle” as well. Exercise not only encourages the development of fresh nerve cells, but it also increases the connections between brain cells (“synapses”).… .. Click here to read the rest

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