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Do I Have to do Crosswords to Stay Sharp?

  You may have noticed that all of the Family Files blog entries this month have been about brain health and memory in h...

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Your Baby's Brain Development


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Brain Health

Brain Health: It's Also About Protecting Your Brain

During my childhood, riding bikes was the essence of freedom. The tree-lined streets of my hometown begged to be explored. The wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and roaming around with your friends all day – many great memories were made on the back of our bicycles. In the late 80's, few children wore helmets while riding their bikes and my friends and I were no exception. Cruisi...

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Just Give Me a Minute and It Will Come to Me!

"The name of the restaurant is on the tip of my tongue and it is just not coming to me." Does this sound familiar? Everyone experiences trouble now and again recalling information when needed. It is most often proper nouns like the name of a person or place. Usually the more anxious you are in trying to recall, the less successful you might be in the moment. Eventually you may remember the forg...

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brain cogs

Mild Cognitive Impairment

Recently a woman in one of my programs asked me about a diagnosis that her husband had received - Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).  According to the Alzheimer's Association website, MCI "causes cognitive changes that are serious enough to be noticed by the individuals experiencing them or to other people, but the changes are not severe enough to interfere with daily life or independent function." ...

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Coloring - It's not just for kids

Coloring – It's not just for kids! The benefits of coloring were first recognized by Carl Jung back in the early 20 th century. Recently we have seen a rise in the availabilit...

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March into Brain Health

Happy March Everyone!  This month the Family Life Team is going to focus our blogging efforts on brain health.  Brain health is one of my favorite topics to teach about or talk about. I like learning both about keeping our brains healthy as well as understanding more about Alzheimer's and the various types of dementia. This month our focus will be on brain health. If you are on Faceboo...

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