The saying “let’s grow old together” most commonly applies when two people decide to commit themselves to each other. At Goodwin House, we think the saying aptly applies to what we do every day. Our mission brings us all together, on a journey to age well. And while few among us enjoy thinking about “growing old,” it is important for us all to remember – every one of us is in some stage of aging.
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When we think about the holidays, we often think about spending time with family, giving gifts, celebrating with friends, baking, cooking… and along with all that holiday cheer and good spirit comes something else—Stress! Elevated stress is detrimental to your physical health as well as your brain health. But you can ease the stress and have fun this holiday by staying social!
When we are young, we are taught that there are two things you never discuss at the dinner table—politics and religion. Given today’s political climate, avoiding that subject might be a wise decision for many during holiday family gatherings this year. Religion, on the other hand, might surprise you. Discover what makes a case for talking about religion, faith and spirituality.
Remember that warm feeling you get when you know you’ve picked out the perfect present for someone… a gift that sparks immediate joy for both the recipient and the giver when it is revealed? Get tips for how to ensure your donations give you that feeling… and more!
This article, the first in a four-part series on Brain Health, highlights two outstanding neurologists, Dr. Gayatri Devi and Dr. Carla Shatz. “The brain has capacity for incredible resilience even though it is a diabolically lazy organ—if it can get away with laziness, it will,” said Devi. “But if we exercise our brain, if we condition and train it in new directions, it will likely respond.”