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Jun 5 / Carrie Leach

Brain Neurobics

Brain Neurobics

  • Wear your watch on the opposite wrist that you typically wear it on
  • Wear your watch upside down
  • Turn picture frames in your house upside down
  • Name body parts that have 3 letters in them
  • Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand
  • Take a walk opposite your normal route

These are some of the challenges posed by our Brain Neurobics coach and expert brain teasers, Cheryl Deep and Donna MacDonald of the Institute of Gerontology.  They frequent senior centers posing such challenges to work out the brains of older adults throughout Southeast Michigan based on the research of Dr. Lawrence Katz.  I’ve attended quite a few of these programs and been perplexed among the partakers painted with bemused expressions… while we neurobicized together.

Cheryl Deep explains to crowds that activities that challenge your brain provide stimulation of new neurons and pathways from the 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion connections in the brain.  Donna challenges older adults to exercise at least 3 times a week stressing that the brain only represents one to five percent of our body mass but needs 20% of our body’s total oxygen.

When you’re doing your next workout, challenge yourself to do something backwards to exercise your mind as well as your body.  Other recommendations from our whistle blowing Neurobics coaches (they don’t actually use a whistle, more a soft spoken warm approach):

  • Get plenty of good sleep
  • Stay in touch with friends
  • Avoid stress
  • Exercise
  • Stop smoking
  • Remember to neurobicize!

For more information on this and other programming visit us here.

To learn more about Cheryl Deep visit her profile page here.

To learn more about Donna Macdonald visit her profile page here.