Tuesday, June 05, 2018
"Brain Secrets with Dr. Michael Merzenich": how your own momentum can keep your brain intact as you age
Maria Shriver (whose dad died of Alzehimer’s) hosted “Brain Secrets with Dr. Michael Merzenich” today on many PBS stations.
This sort of personal advice program punctuated with appeals to funds tends to irritate me, but many of the ten tips sounded important.
Merzenich seems to accept that physics says that the brain determines consciousness, so if it changes, you change. But, as a paradox, you can control how your brain changes. The presentation often mentions “brain plasticity”.
My going on a 10 day trip with many destinations and some risks of so much driving and so much attention to the minutia of keeping track of things when traveling, may be my own way to stay sharp.
I do believe that momentum can keep seniors active much longer. Once you start the multiple medicare visits and treating every pain, the game is over.
He recommends acts of kindness as good for the resilience of the brain.There was mention of specific functional issues, like being able to remember names of things or certain words, even though you remember identities.