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ATHLETICS


Use it or Lose it: Learn Facts About the Brain


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end that brain a bit. Think outside the box. Come up with answers to the following questions: • Name three consecutive days


without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. • A woman shoots her husband. She then holds him under water for more than five minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But five minutes later, they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be? • What is black when you buy it, red


when you use it and gray when you throw it away? • What five-letter word, when four of


the letters are removed, is pronounced the same? • List five examples of a homophone (words that sound the same but are spelled differently). • List at least 10 other words that can


be created using the letters found in the word “cheerios.” As it turns out, the riddles, brain games,


thinking puzzles, word play and even silly jokes that are common for many in child- hood provide excellent exercise for the brain throughout life. In fact, a healthy brain thrives on the challenge and gets sharper with use. With that in mind, so to speak, come


and get the answers to the questions above and others Monday, Nov. 1 from 9-11 a.m. at a special presentation sponsored by the Walking & Hiking Committee. Nearly everyone knows someone who


has or had Alzheimer’s disease or another age-related dementia illness. Currently, more than five million Americans have this disease. With baby boomers aging each day, that number is expected to jump to 14 million by 2050. There is much to learn about this dreaded disease, and some will get it even though they seemingly do everything right to prevent it. Nonetheless, research continues to offer increasing answers and suggestions regarding things that individuals can do to help stave off “brain disease.”


Marge Coalman, EdD, internationally renowned speaker, published author, wellness expert and MAC member, shares tips, sepa- rates fact from fiction, and passes along the latest infor- mation and research about keeping the brain fit. Currently, Coalman is vice president of Wellness & Programs for Touchmark, a locally based company that has been serving families for 30 years. The presentation includes information


such as: • What is good for the heart is good for


the brain. • The possibility of a vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease in the next decade for younger people. • Eating the right kind of fish does


promote neuroplasticity (new brain cell development) and brain health.


• The top antioxidant foods include


prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries and cranberries. Doing activities that are fun, varied and challenging encourages neuroplasticity and helps delay the onset of a dementia illness. Participating in physical activities while simultaneously doing a mental activity is a real bonus. The brain loves it.


Food samples and a brain walk To further emphasize the role of diet


and specific foods for a healthy brain, samples of some of the best food choices for brain health are offered to participants. Furthermore, in acknowledgement of the role of physical activity and exercise in the healthy brain, an optional brain walk, leaving the Turnaround at 8 a.m., precedes the classroom presentation. Those who are interested in this additional option are asked to call 503-517-7506 for more details and to register. If weather is miser- able or circumstances make an outdoor walk impractical, the walk is transferred to the Indoor Track, where walking the boring loop is enhanced with brain chal- lenges along the way. The charge for this presentation is $10


Take a brain walk Monday, Nov. 1; participants should meet in the Turnaround at 8 a.m.


per person. Guests are welcome. Register online at the Walking and Hiking home page or call 503-517-7539. Register early, as space is limited. Then put sufficient reminders in appropriate places to help the brain remember. This fun and memorable morning is not to be forgotten. WM


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