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|Group Convenor:||Maggie Martinez||Phone: 0755 451 8444|
Top Tips from the U3A Memory Course
For the many members who have taken part in the memory course, I’m hoping you still have the booklet and might refresh what you learned. I’ve enjoyed running the course and have made life-style changes as a result. The memory course was a result of a research project by highly qualified people, I just facilitate it.
During this period of self-isolation, it is so important we look after our health, and we must bear in mind that our brains are a part of our body. Your brain needs 20 per cent of the body’s oxygen to stay healthy. To get the oxygen to your brain you have to raise your heart rate by exercise, and chair exercise is very beneficial if you have mobility problems. Simply put, Alzheimer’s is a disease, but vascular dementia is caused by lack of oxygen to the brain, i.e. life-style choices.
A healthy diet with lots of fruit and veg. provides flavonoids that also help brain health. ‘Super foods’ can be fads, but it is proven that dark purple fruit and veg are high in free radicals and flavonoids;- bring on the beetroot. It is also true that a glass of red wine and tea without milk also promote brain health. Milk negates the flavonoids both in tea and chocolate.
Sudokus, crossword puzzles, etc. are good, and singing creates strong neural pathways as language and music are on opposite sides of your brain. Try to learn something new as this also creates new brain connections.
So folks, to sum up, keep up:
• Dance and sing to Gold radio
• Drink red wine (not at the same time)
• Change to black chocolate & a cuppa without milk
Stay happy and well
Do you go upstairs and then forget what you went up for? Do you struggle to remember the names of new people you meet? Then perhaps the U3A Memory Course is for you. We look at how our brain processes information and you will learn techniques to help your memory.
The course is designed to help you understand how your memory works and maintain and improve your memory skills. The course consists of 4 sessions of 90 minutes. It is essential that you attend all 4 sessions. There is a small cost to cover printing a booklet that you can keep. Please only sign up for the course if you are able to attend all 4 sessions as each session builds onto the next one.
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|To send an email to Maggie for additional information or to sign up for a future course, click Contact the Memory Course.|