A while back, I posted about my mom and I both working at being brain fit. In my initial post, I did get a bit ahead of myself, so I’d like to share a few details about myself and a little more about ME/CFS and fibromyalgia—which are my reasons for being so keenly interested in Dakim BrainFitness.
My early life was spent in Salt Lake City, and after 40 years away in Chicago and Los Angeles, I ultimately returned home to assist my parents. My father (my “roomie” for five years) passed away in 2005. My mother, as I noted in my last post, has a joyful, productive life in southern Utah.
Fourteen years ago, I was diagnosed with an illness that I have learned I share with millions worldwide. In the U.S., it has the simplistic “non-name” of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). In Europe, it’s known by a more clinically credible name: myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
For Many Seniors, taking a tumble is all too common an experience. And though bruises and broken bones are the biggest and most immediate concerns, falling can put your brain-health in jeopardy, too.
Head injury is the most obvious risk; concussions can have both short and long term affects on cognitive functions like memory and decision making. A knock on the noggin increases the likely hood of developing Alzheimer’s. And even minor brain injuries often affect balance, putting patients at risk of even more falls.
Yawning: it’s considered rude, a sign of boredom, disinterest, laziness and exhaustion.
And it just might be really good for the brain, at least according to Andrew Newberg, the director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania.
In an essay published last November, Newberg explains that yawning isn’t just a response to being tired or disinterested, but an attempt by the brain to be more alert and focused. Yawning also reduces stress, improves self-awareness, and, curiously, ties strongly into social connections.
Intrigued? Me too!