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January 18, 2006


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David --

Good post. Posit Science is up to something huge. Be well.



Nice summary - the idea of brain fitness is already out there in the population. The other day I was blogging in a coffee shop, and the lady next to me was working a crossword puzzle. "Alzheimer's prevention," she told me. "I do one every day."



Isn't it amazing how the brain has really caught on? I mean, 20 years ago brain "stuff" was for academicians and doctors. Now nearly everyone seems to want to know more about the brain and how to keep it in good shape.



WARNING: I have been told that I am a bit long-winded but I was moved to comment on Lindsay's reenct blog.I had read the same article regarding the retirement issue and found it very interesting. I have experienced, first hand, the range of effects that retirement can have on an individual's cognitive functioning within my own family specifically in three family members.The first struggled most of his life financially and worked hard physical jobs to support his family. With his body starting to give out on him he decided to retire. In retirement he became very sedentary and his cognitive decline was very apparent within only a few short months.The second, choose to not retire when she became eligible due to the financial implications for her family although she desperately wanted to retire. I believe, because she loves her job and performs a wide range of duties, work has kept her young and quite mentally sharp. I also believe, that her being surrounded by younger, vibrant individuals that challenge her everyday, helps her tremendously.The third, choose to retire early. Upon retirement he has become active in community projects, travels frequently and spends significant time with his kids and grandchildren playing games, exercising, helping them with their homework. There is no question to me that his stimulating lifestyle since his retirement has played an enormous role is his staying mentally sharp. He continues to be active and more importantly challenges himself to try new things, whether that be travelling to a new place, exploring new restaurants or learning new games.I have also talked to many people who have or are facing the retirement question and there has been a common thread in their fear of retiring becoming old and simply wasting away because they don't know what to do with themselves.That is one of the reasons I am so excited and thrilled to be apart of Marbles showing people that there are ways to stay sharp and healthy as the years try to get the better of us. I am so thankful that I get to help people who wish to fight back and not let aging defeat them and continue to enjoy a full life with their families and friends. The one thing that challenges me most is getting the word out to people that there is a place like Marbles: The Brain Store to help them fight the fight. One of my main personal goals with my job at Marbles is to bring Marbles or at least the awareness of Marbles, to as many people as I can in order to help as many individuals and families as we can.One of my favorite moments at Marbles was a few weekends ago when I had two sisters come in the store to talk to me about their father who had reenctly been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. We talked for quite awhile so I could learn as much as I could about his lifestyle so that I could offer them the right products for him. They were tearing up most of the visit, but they were so appreciative that they had a place like Marbles to go to for help. Once we found some products to help their father, we sat down and talked about ways to help them stave off their own cognitive decline. Their visit was probably about two hours long and ended with hugs! I was so thankful that I am in a position to help people and extremely grateful that Marbles has given me the opportunity to impact peoples lives in a positive way.

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