Have you ever forgotten to take your medication or missed a doctor appointment? What about your keys? If you are like most of us, you are likely to answer yes to at least one of those questions. When this happens, do you immediately become concerned about your memory? It’s true that we lose brain cells as we age, because our brain is also aging. However, there is good news! The principles behind ‘Brain Plasticity’ are backed by years of research and confirm that our brains have the ability to grow new brain cells and new neural pathways throughout our lifetime, IF we are intentional about keeping our brains active, engaged and challenged. There's more good news, it’s never too late to start exercising your brain. Keep in mind, research studies show that the sooner you start, the better the outcome.
With the latest research in neuroplasticity, we now understand that there are proactive approaches to prevent physical and cognitive decline while also increasing quality of life.
The BrainFlex® workbooks focus on engaging the 'whole person' in a lifestyle geared toward healthy aging and living well. We help seniors accomplish this through a carefully designed program that incorporates four key concepts, which are nutrition, brain training, exercise and social connections.
Our 'BrainFlex' interactive workbooks, are available through us or on Amazon, with a new workbook added each month. The curriculum is designed for seniors to complete two sessions a week, over a four week period, however, seniors can choose to complete the workbook at their own pace. The content provides interactive activities, recipes, exercises, and great conversation boosters too! Seniors enjoy sitting down with their workbooks during their free time and also enjoy engaging in the activities with a group of friends. Each workbook goes well beyond the normal activities typically found in a ‘brain training’ workbook. Based on the concept of ‘brain plasticity, ‘The BrainFlex workbook, challenges seniors to continue learning new things, using creative, (outside of the box), thinking, while also using logic and reason to solve a variety of day to day problems seniors either have faced or are still facing. The activities allow for self-expression and spark innovative thoughts and ideas. Brain healthy recipes are a part of each weekly lesson, along with detailed nutritional information about their ingredients, and why they are so important to the brain and body. ‘Research and Discussion’ sheets are included in each lesson, giving seniors the ‘why’ behind the activities as well as the opportunity to stretch their minds and stay informed about various issues related to ‘aging well’. Guides for exercise, meditation/prayer, deep breathing and self-affirmations are also included. Workbooks include an action plan seniors create with their families (and/or doctor), and they have the opportunity to journal what steps they have taken towards reaching the goals in their action plan each week. The plan is structured around the four pillars of ‘aging-well’. (Nutrition, Brain Training, Social Connections, & Exercising/Meditation & Prayer.)