Challenge and nurture your brain to keep it healthy

In a Health & Medicine article in the March 13, 2005 issue of the St. Petersburg Times, Stephen Nohlgren points out that “if you are reading this story right side up, you may be missing the boat.”

The article discusses brain health and in its print version also included the following bulleted lists:

Brain Health across a Life Span

Different activities and brain health at different stages of life, says Dr. Paul Nussbaum, neurologist and author of Brain Health and Wellness. Here are some of his recommendations:

Womb

  • Mother boosts her folate in diet
  • Classical music exposure
  • Talk to baby
  • Read to the baby
  • Touch the stomach

Toddler

  • Sign language
  • Good nutrition
  • Love and touch
  • Reinforce own seeking of stimulation
  • Classical music exposure
  • Minimize TV

Young Adult

  • Minimize passive pursuits
  • Learn another language
  • Become ambidextrous
  • Play an instrument
  • Good nutrition
  • Good sleep
  • Exercise daily

Adult

  • Good nutrition
  • Learn another language
  • Read, write and speak daily
  • Garden, knit, travel
  • Walk daily
  • Exercise
  • Engage in complex, novel pursuits

Older Adult

  • Take lifelong learning courses
  • Exercise
  • Walk daily
  • Learn another language
  • Good nutrition
  • Stay social
  • Pray or meditate
  • Maintain role and purpose
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