5 reasons that older adults need to exercise

A recent study published in the New York Times found that exercise might increase the brain’s flexibility.  Yet another reason in a long list supporting the health benefits of physical activity as we age. Not convinced? Here are our top 5 reasons why you need to prioritize exercise. Get out of your comfort zone: Trying…

Four Lifestyle Factors that Affect Brain Health

What’s the most important thing we can do to maintain brain health as we age? According to a new study, it’s not one thing but a combination of several things that may help slow cognitive decline in older adults. A recent study was done over three years with nearly 1,700 older adults who had mildmemory…

Get Moving: Indoor Exercise Ideas

Some years, winter can seem endless. Between the cold temperatures, the early sundowns and (depending on where you live) the snow, it can be tempting to hide your sneakers in the back of the closet and vow to get back to a routine come spring. Don’t give into temptation! While it seems counterintuitive, getting up…

Get Moving: Fall Exercise Ideas

Fall is the perfect time to get active outdoors; not too hot and not too cold, the weather is just right. Here are five ideas for making exercise fun this autumn: Leaf Walk or Jog: The changing colors of fall foliage provide gorgeous scenery for a brisk stroll or jog. Check out a local park,…

New Year, New You: How to stay with your nutrition goals

If you’ve made a resolution to live a healthier life in 2014, congratulations! We all know how important exercise and healthy diets are, but it can be difficult to stick with them. A lifestyle change is often more effective than any single action. Why not use the four dimensions of brain health as your basis…

Celebrate Shape Up Month

January is National Shape Up US month, founded by the nonprofit Shape Up America!  We thought you might appreciate a few ideas to get active during the winter months and celebrate Shape Up month both indoors and outdoors: Volunteer with your local Special Olympics Go dancing Play fetch with your dog at a park Go indoor…

Learning New Skills Keeps An Aging Mind Sharp

New research from the University of Texas, Dallas found activities that require a mentally demanding skill are likely to improve cognitive function versus less demanding activities The study, published in the Psychological Science journal, looked at 221 adults, ages 60 to 90, who engaged in a particular type of activity for 15 hours a week…

September is Healthy Aging Month

September is Healthy Aging Month – a great time for people of all ages to re-evaluate how they are taking care of their bodies and minds. As we age, it’s natural to become more concerned about our health. The good news is there are several steps we can all take to maintain better health, such…

Tips for a healthy heart

Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death in Americans, according to the Center for Disease Control? It is important to maintain good cardiovascular health. Check out these tips: Get a pet. A recent study from the American Heart Association found owning a pet, particularly a dog, may reduce your risk for…