Being positive helps improve brain health at any age

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"You can't change who you are, but you can change what you have in your head, you can refresh what you're thinking about, and you can put some fresh air in your brain."

- Ernesto Bertarelli

I know I have written many articles about Brain Boosters. As I was reviewing my past articles, I happened to find the very first article I wrote about this class, and it made me smile.

When we first began this program close to eight years ago, we were just learning about how important classes such as Brain Boosters are for people concerned about their memory. And now, we have perfected teaching these methods for our students.

Hours and hours have gone into designing a program that is not only effective but fun. Our staff has researched similar classes, and Brain Boosters is by far ahead of the game.

So why should you make the commitment to attend the session that starts Sept. 15? This is a sampling of what you will learn:

  • Can your memory be enhanced?
  • The Limbic System and the Emotional Connection
  • Getting rid of Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTS)
  • Nutrition and your Brain
  • Sharpening our Senses
  • Memory Methods
  • Suggestions for Keeping your Brain Boosted

There is so much information available about how to maintain a healthy brain: books, the internet, not to mention hundreds of magazine articles. Sometimes too much information can be confusing.

In Brain Boosters we present information in a way that is easy to understand and that you can start applying to everyday life.

One of the most important things I learned about brain health is to try to be happy. I really, really try to think happy thoughts. I try not to worry.

I have a favorite mantra or prayer that I recite many times a day, the Serenity Prayer: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."

As soon as I finish writing this, I will be on my way home after a long day. My grandchildren (ages 4 months and 3 years) will be there when I get home with their beautiful mom. They have been stuck in the Washington airport for more than six hours.

Both of my 15-year-old beagles are having stomach issues that my husband has been dealing with most of the day. But guess what? I have the courage to change this situation into a fun family night.

For more information about this class and all the services Memory Matters provides call 843-842-6688 or visit our website at www.memory-matters.org. We care about brain health.

Karen Doughtie is assistant director of Memory Matters, serving Bluffton and Hilton Head. karen@memory-matters.org

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