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Database: UK14

Created On Wednesday, 08 January 2014 17:38 By José Jesús Delgado


ID Code (e. g. HU1):
UK14
1 – MIND/MENTAL FITNESS/MENTAL WELLBEING/MEMORY/COGNITIVE TRAINING PROGRAM / SERVICE /
ACTIVITIY NAME (IN NATIONAL LANGUAGE):
Fab after Fifty - Neurobics
ENGLISH TRANSLATION: N/A
URL
http://brain-training.familyhealthguide.co.uk/
LANGUAGE English
AUTHOR
Lynda Shaw

2 - CONTACT DATA AND TYPE OF ORGANIZATION
ORGANIZATION (NAME):
Fab after Fifty - Neurobics
ORGANIZATION (URL):
http://www.fabafterfifty.co.uk/
COUNTRY:
UK
TYPE (SME, Company, Community Centre, Health Centre, Educational Centre, Foundation,
Municipality, governmental institution, etc):
Company - Website
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  Private  
  In this case, please indicate the territorial
scope of the organization:
National

3 - TARGET POPULATION
Age range:
From: N/A to N/A years Not defined
Older than: 50 years  
Gender: Unisex
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
N/A

4 - CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MIND FITNESS PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY (NB: Should the program, service or activity be included into more than one category, please select the most representative category for that PSA. But, REMEMBER: THE PSA MUST BE SELECTED ONLY IN CASE THAT MENTAL FITNESS / MENTAL WELLBEING IS INCLUDED IN ITS GENERAL AIMS OR GOALS. IF NOT, YOU SHOULD NOT SELECT IT. The characteristics below are the means, not the goal)
Promoting a healthy lifestyle, Providing opportunities for physical activity and exercise, Providing cognitive/memory training
Other: N/A
COST FOR PARTICIPATION, FEES (in Euros):N/A N/A N/A
(EXPECTED) DURATION OF THE Programme/Service/Activity: Not defined
Begin (Month/Year, e. g. 02/2012):N/A
End (Month/Year, e. g. 02/2012):N/A or Number of weeks:N/A
Number of units:N/A
Hours per unit:N/A

5 - PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY PURPOSES
Fabafterfifty.com - an online magazine website for women over 50,
Redefining how women over 50 see themselves- and how they are viewed by others.
“We are changing perceptions of women over 50. Let’s laugh together, cry together, inspire each other, but most of all be fabulous together. With one in seven women turning 50 this year likely to live to be 100, let’s live our next half century to the full.”

FabAfterFifty is building a community where site experts and guest contributors inspire, share and inform on topics from health and finance, fitness and diet, empty nesting, style, relaunching careers , anti-ageing and a range of other topics and issues faced by women over 50.

Their philosophy is simple, to create a community where likeminded women can come together to learn, share and inspire so we can navigate our way through the coming decades fabulously.

The website focuses on Lifestyle, Health, Beauty, Style, Relationships
One article is entitled ‘Neurobics anyone?’

Neurobics are mental exercises, that claim to enhance the brain's performance.These exercises are described by Lawrence Katz and Manning Rubin in their book Keep Your Brain Alive, 1999, however they are not scientifically proven. It is presumed that unusual sensory stimulation and activities like non-routine actions and thoughts, produce more of such chemicals of the neurobiology system of body that encourage growth of new dendrites and neurons in the brain. Routine actions become so automatic to the individual that most of actions are done largely unconsciously.

6 - RESOURCES
a.- Which materials were used?
N/A
b.- Who conducted the program / service activity? (What role, what qualifications, etc.)
Dr Lynda Shaw, Psychologist, cognitive neuroscientist and business strategist. She specialises in the psychology of ageing and the management of age diversity at work.
07967 271274 Harley Street Clinic,10 Harley Street, London, W1G 9PF

7 - METHODOLOGY USED (presentations, pair work, group work, peers, mentors, blended
learning, e-learning, etc.)
Top Ten Tips to exercise your brain in midlife. Neurobics anyone?
Have you tried neurobics yet?

1. Do more than one thing at once. As we get older the brain becomes less efficient at multi-tasking. Combining activities such as jogging and listening to an audiobook will force your brain to do two things at once, improving your ability to multi-task.

2. Listen to different music. Memorising the lyrics to songs that you don’t know will boost levels of acetylcholine in your brain. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter which plays a key role in projecting axons into many areas of the brain.

3. When looking up new words, investigate their etymology too. That is, look up their linguistic origins. Retrieval of tricky words will become easier if you understand their meaning and the context in which they are used.

4. Don’t just look, see. Being able to analyse visual information is really important in the 3-D world in which we live. When you leave a room, try to remember the exact location of certain items in it. This will train your brain to focus on your surroundings and actually see what is in front of you.

5. Get rid of your sat-nav! Relying on others to show you the way causes the brain to become lazy and won’t help you to remember new journeys. Going back to basics and using a map will exercise the part of the brain which is responsible for understanding spatial relationships.

6. Oxygenate your brain! Light exercise stimulates blood circulation which in turn increases glucose and oxygen in your brain. Sitting on the sofa means that the muscles won’t require additional oxygen from the brain.

7. Do every-day tasks with your non-dominant hand. This will stimulate interaction between the two hemispheres of the brain and cause new neural pathways to develop. Although some tasks such as writing will be tricky at first some people can train themselves to become ambidextrous!

8. Try neurobics. These are types of exercises which involve exposing your senses to new situations, combining two or more senses in a novel way. These include getting dressed with your eyes shut, using only visual cues whilst interacting with friends and relatives or listening to music whilst smelling flowers.

9. Mentally rotate. Mental rotation refers to moving things around in your head and is a visuospatial skill. Humans use this naturally when reading maps, using tools, playing chess etc. To practice, picture an arrow or other specific shape pointing right, then turn it around so it points left.

10. Perhaps the most important tip of all is to enjoy the exercises you are doing. Activities that you choose for yourself and gain pleasure from completing will logically produce a more positive effect on the brain than those which are forced upon you!

8 - PROGRAM / SERVICE / ACTIVITY SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
An alternative, but similar, ten Neurobics tips are given in another online magazine by the same author:
http://www.high50.com/health/neurobics-train-that-brain

1.Write, don’t type. Typing can be easier and it is tempting to type information directly from the internet but you’ll learn more effectively if you write things out by hand as it will force the brain to physically engage with what you are doing.

2 Beat the clock. As we get older, our ability to stay focused and think quickly can deteriorate. Timed activities force the brain to pay attention, work fast and work carefully. Try to complete a Sodoku or wordsearch in a certain amount of time, if you can do it gradually decrease that time.

3 Meditate. Meditation has the power to change the structure of the brain for the better. Studies have shown that those who use meditation to clear their minds and focus their thoughts have bigger brains, experience fewer neuron losses and have a reduced rate of white-matter tissue decline than others of their age.

4 Laugh a lot. Laughing activates the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and other regions where dopamine is released. Dopamine plays an important role in cognition, learning, memory and attention.

5 Remember board games? Board games help you remember! So get them out of the cupboard and have some fun while exercising the brain.

6 If you can’t sleep, try making a gratitude list. Gratitude puts the brain in a far more restful place than anxiety over not sleeping. It works; try it!

7 If you’re feeling sad, angry or frustrated, write down your feelings. Then ask yourself if this is as bad as you thought. Getting things down on paper and questioning ourselves puts things into perspective. Don’t keep the notes, though. Destroy them once the job is done.

8 Teach others. Explaining something to another person will boost your understanding and better your recall. Going over the fundamental details of complex information will cement it in your mind, and interacting with others is thought to boost brain activity in itself.

9 Utilise the Mozart effect. Classical music stimulates brain activity more than other types of music, with Mozart specifically (Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major and Piano Concerto No. 23) activating the left and right brain at the same time, which is thought to maximize your ability to retain new learned information.

10 Relax! Stress can seriously inhibit the function of the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for memory formation. So while it is important to challenge the brain daily, don’t go overboard.

Rather casual in style, (and with alternatives) but the author also offers strategic development in the field of ageing but some interest perhaps in the processes involved.

Advice able to be followed for our MENTA project and we might refer to parts of the advice it when building materials and their delivery.

9 - ADDITIONAL COMMENTS / CONCLUSIONS / RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OUR
MATERIAL/COURSE
N/A

10 - RELATED REFERENCES (BIBLIOGRAPHY AND/OR INTERNET LINKS)

http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/exercise.html
http://www.braintraining101.com/who-needs-the-gym-neurobics
http://infiniteminds.info/Consciousness-Engineering/Neurobics-give-your-mind-a-workout.html

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