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Posted by Positive Aging Community on 01/24/2024

How to Improve Brain Health to Extend Independence


For many older adults, the loss of mental abilities is a significant fear. This is not surprising considering the ever-present threat of progressive neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia. It doesn’t have to be that way! Join us for a live and interactive discussion that will explore the science and solutions with specific cognitive interventions can influence the course of brain health. 

Dr. Ellen Clarke, PhD Brain Evolved

  • https://brainevolved.com/ mention Positive Aging for a 20% discount
  • ellen@brainevolved.com 

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12:09:26     From Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Brain Evolved was formed as a result of Dr. Clarke’s experience with her grandmother, Olive. Olive played a pivotal role in Dr. Clarke’s childhood. Unfortunately, Olive was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease when Dr. Clarke was in her teens.


This diagnosis came at a critical point in Dr. Clarke’s education and inspired her to focus her efforts on a career that would help those with similar challenges. One PhD and years of industry experience later, Dr. Clarke started Brain Evolved in pursuit of cognitive enhancement. https://brainevolved.com/

12:15:40     From Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : The Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER) trial is the first randomized controlled trial (RCT) showing that it is possible to prevent cognitive decline using a multidomain lifestyle intervention among older at-risk individuals. https://www.alz.org/wwfingers/overview.asp

12:17:54     From Virginia Zavacky  to  Hosts and panelists : When to start medication?

12:25:18     From Rhonda Baird  to  Hosts and panelists : If familiar with Stronger Memory from Goodwin Living, is that a tool that you would recommend

12:27:19     From Rhonda Baird  to  Hosts and panelists : What are examples of ways to combine physical and mental exercise at the same time?

12:28:59     From Kolya Braun-Greiner : For exercise, I love my 2 zoom classes Fitness 55+ and Qigong. Doing the classes with others online is very motivating, especially with the daily encouragement of the teachers.

12:31:27     From Rhonda Baird  to  Hosts and panelists : What about Sudoku and kakuro? Would they have more effect on executive function?

12:31:33     From Margie McWilliams : I do all of the NY Times brain games every day, a variety of things including comparing shapes and matching parts of them. Hoping that is helpful....

12:31:52     From Susan V  to  Hosts and panelists : are wordle and connections similar to crossword puzzles for their effect?

12:32:08     From Mary Ann Anderson : Where does learning a new language fit in? How beneficial? Isit in the "common game" category?

12:32:34     From Kolya Braun-Greiner  to  Hosts and panelists : I'm relieved to see that most of the brain games are not really effective for Exec. function where I need improvement, because I find these games very boring!!

12:33:03     From emily kearns : Sanjay Gupta, Keep Sharp, says it's learning and doing something new that is best. Ex - a language, playing an instrument, etc.

12:33:23     From Virginia Zavacky  to  Hosts and panelists : What games are good?

12:39:03     From Yvette Hopkins  to  Hosts and panelists : Are there any data re: adults with ADHD and 1) their cognitive decline relative to a neurotypical population and 2) effects of multi-domain brain training on this population?

12:46:58     From Chitra Mohla  to  Hosts and panelists : What about jig saw puzzles for cognitive training games

12:47:10     From M Leysorek  to  Hosts and panelists : Will a recording be on the website?

12:48:01     From Mary Ann Anderson : How effective is Wordle game?

12:52:28     From Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Brain HQ https://www.brainhq.com

12:54:19     From Dixie Oberlin : Great price!  Thanks for sharing.

12:54:20     From Margie McWilliams : That's extremely reasonable, and sounds more than worthy of the investment!!!

12:55:36     From Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : https://brainevolved.com/ click on learn more and make sure to reference Positive aging in the comments and they will give you discount

12:57:30     From Nancy Feeney : Excellent presentation!

12:58:23     From Linda Moore : What are the age ranges, in your earlier slide. You only said that the "Wisdom stage" begins at age 55.

12:59:46     From Linda Moore : Was there any published measure of 'cognitive drops" that occurred (2021-2023) likely due to COVID lockdowns? (Not just in students).

12:59:49     From Edith Harriet  to  Hosts and panelists : are the programs on zoom or do i have to come in personally???????

13:00:05     From Dixie Oberlin : What is Dr. Ellen's website?

13:00:43     From Cathleen Wagaman : Very good presentation and THANK YOU!

13:01:46     From Christina Dixon : Thanks very much! Extremely interesting/useful; will look forward to receiving the slide deck and recording <3

13:01:47     From Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : StrongerMemory is a breakthrough program that helps improve brain health. We designed it for everyone, whether you have a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or you simply strive to thrive as you age. With simple exercises, StrongerMemory stimulates the part of the brain that helps retrieve memories. It’s also effective, easy to use and fun! https://goodwinliving.org/stronger-memory/

13:02:44     From Alice FISHER  to  Hosts and panelists : We might be interested in using some of your study results……..take a look at us…..OutstandingLife.org

13:02:44     From Nancy Blanton  to  Hosts and panelists : Excellent presentation.  Thank you!

13:03:03     From Alice FISHER  to  Hosts and panelists : Alice Fisher member of the board

13:03:26     From Leigh Knox : her website is the one above?

13:03:41     From Dixie Oberlin : Thanks!

13:03:41     From Brandy Barton-Smith  to  Hosts and panelists : What location is the training held?

13:04:38     From Rachel Dahl : Thanks so much!  Great information!

13:07:52     From Leigh Knox : what's her website?

13:08:24     From Christina Dixon : https://brainevolved.com/

13:08:36     From Dixie Oberlin : Vey good information!  I am 70 and have a 97 year old mother..so this is very interesting to me!

13:10:32     From Joyce Dimmock : Powerful information and the variations of practice.  Thank you. Joyce Dimmock

13:10:38     From Paul Massey  to  Hosts and panelists : Thank you very much for this presentation. Very informative!  Thank you!

13:10:43     From Carolyn Cook  to  Hosts and panelists : Thank you, Dr. Ellen and Steve!  So appreciate this talk!

13:11:07     From Deborah Bratcher : I missed the time zone correction.... I'll go watch this Friday. :)

13:11:20     From Beth Merricks  to  Hosts and panelists : Thank you! What an excellent and exciting program!  I look forward to sharing it and will take it myself.  Beth

13:11:32     From Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : https://brainevolved.com/



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