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Brain Health

Ray’s Daily

September 16, 2019


Your self is created by your memories, and your memories are created by your mental habits.

Rick Warren

Don't forget

Some of us start to have problems remembering as we age. Ihn my case I have always had a problem remembering names and still do. I like others my age have a few problems pulling up the right word or recalling some fact. I like most folks wonder if I may someday slip into dementia, as have some of my fellow residents.

I have learned that there are things we can do to keep our mind healthy. I attend a memory health workshop once a month held here in our senior resident and learn a lot about what I have in common from experts and from my fellow residents.

The good mews is there are things we can do. Here is an article that offers health tips.

Great Minds: Keeping Your Brain Active as You Age

Think about it. Your brain is a tool that helps you understand, learn and remember. It helps you make decisions and feel a sense of well-being. So keeping it sharp as you age may be every bit as useful as strong muscles and a healthy heart.

There’s no surefire way to prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. But engaging in mentally stimulating activities may benefit the brain — and your mood. After all, active minds are often happier minds.

To tap into potential brain benefits, give some of these ideas a try:

Play games. Work on a puzzle, solve a riddle or try your hand at a mind teaser. Even better, play board games or cards with family and friends. Social activities are good for your mind and mood too.

Have fun with a hobby. What have you always wanted to try? Maybe it’s photography, quilting or gardening. Besides the possible brain benefits, hobbies may be a great way to meet new people and stay active.

Be a volunteer. Helping out at a school, library, hospital or food bank, for instance, may teach you new skills or help keep old ones sharp. Plus, helping others just feels good.

Hit the books. Dare yourself to read books or magazines that challenge you. Let your mind explore new ideas, places, people or time periods.

Learn something new. Want to know how to program a computer? Speak a foreign language? Check out community classes in your area. Or watch videos online.

Encourage your creative side. Take up cooking, painting, acting or other forms of art. Creative activities can help exercise memory, thinking and problem-solving skills.

Talk with your doctor if you think you may have a problem with memory loss.

Source: National Institute on Aging. Cognitive Health and Older Adults. nia.nih.gov/health/cognitive-health-and-older-adults


Your memory is the glue that binds your life together; everything you are today is because of your amazing memory. You are a data collecting being, and your memory is where your life is lived.

Kevin Horsley,


He said: I think I am going to make a great father someday, because I really have a way with kids. Take the other day for example. I was in Taekwondo class standing next to a nine or ten-year-old kid. I was watching him out of the corner of my eye while we did punches in the air.

I saw him punching with his wrist bent. Instead of a straight line from his knuckles to his elbow, he was pointing his knuckles down at the end of every punch. This is a problem when you do finally hit a solid target, because you will break your wrist.

With the aim of helping him out and correcting his mistake, I grabbed him after class and led him over to one of the heavy bags. “I noticed a mistake in your form,” I told him, “and I want to show you how to correct it.” “Here, take a fighting stance. Now, punch the bag as hard as you can!” He threw a vicious over-handed punch and let out a scream as his wrist buckled and he collapsed to the floor cradling his forearm.

“Now,” I continued, “let me show you what you did wrong!”


A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


A father was shopping in a department store with his small daughter, when the little girl pulls on his coat sleeve and announces, “Daddy, I have to go!”

“In a few minutes, sweetie.” says the dad.

“But, I’ve got to go NOW,” the little girl insists in a loud voice.

A saleslady standing nearby can’t help but hear the conversation and says, “I’ll take her, sir. It’s no problem.”

So, as the father watches, the two hurry off hand in hand. When they return the father asks his daughter, “Did you thank the nice lady for being so kind?”

“Why should I thank her?” asks the little girl in a loud voice. “She had to go, too!”


There is a guaranteed way to get what you want: want less.


At the end of a job interview, a young Engineer fresh out of MIT was asked, “And what starting salary were you looking for?”

The Engineer replied, “In the neighborhood of $150,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.”

The interviewer said, “Well, what would you say to a package of 6-weeks vacation, 21 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years – say, a Corvette?”

The Engineer sat up straight and said, “Wow! Are you kidding?”

And the interviewer replied, “Yeah, but you started it.


It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.

Hans Selye


I just got back from a sailing holiday where I remembered this true tale you might be interested in. A friend was looking for a second hand boat (a Laser) to buy, when he hit on a great idea… At his sailing club (the Queen Mary in London) there was a large trailer park and a smaller yard where the management put trailers and boats if the owner didn’t pay their membership for 12 months. The Queen Mary club is very big and at the time there were three or four Lasers in this yard that judging from their condition hadn’t been sailed for at least a year.

My friend took down the numbers of these boats and asked the club secretary for the owners address so that he could make them an offer. The first chap he rang said he wasn’t interested in selling as he was going to sail it himself “one of these days”.

He then rang the second owner who lived about 100 miles away. A woman answered the phone and confirmed that they did still own the Laser. My friend explained that he had seen it in the defaulters yard and that as it clearly hadn’t been sailed for a year – did she think her husband would be interested in selling?

“Oh no” she said “there must be some mistake – come rain or shine my husband spends one weekend a month in London sailing…”

I bet he had some explaining to do when he got home!


We must use time wisely for our development and advancement; so that when we are old, we can look back and recollect the pleasant memories and deeds that we have achieved.

Michael Lee


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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