Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

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Questions Open New Horizons

Every Friday I am giving you a challenge in a lifestyle area that can make a difference to brain health. Last week I gave you a Spirituality Challenge. You were supposed to write down your complaints and then reframe them into positive opportunities. If you can’t...

Stress and Brain Health

Spirituality addresses the need for us to slow down, to look at our inner life, and to reduce our levels of stress. By engaging in a slower and more reflective life, we can impact our brain health in a positive way. The brain demands stimulation, but it also functions...

How Healthy Are Your Social Networks?

Social networks make a difference. Prepandemic research highlighted concerns about the state of our social networks. Angus Reid published detailed research revealing a portrait of social isolation in Canada. The study sorted Canadians into five groups: Desolate (23%),...

Physical Exercise and Brain Health

Back in 2010 I felt that my life was full of mental stimulation but lacked physical exercise. We were starting Fit Minds and it was challenging and interesting. My research on brain health encouraged me to hit the pool for the first time in over 20 years. After about...

Fit Minds Friday – Brain Health Challenge

These times are certainly challenging but I find it helpful to continue to set goals and move forward. Fit Minds Friday My goal this week was to learn how to do a Facebook Live event. There is nothing like a little public humiliation to help you focus your mind and...

Water, Water, Water

As we head into a hot summer, I wanted to review the vital role water plays in your overall health and in your brain health in particular. Water plays an important role in good brain functioning. Our bodies require water to hydrate the blood and tissues, lubricate our...

Dementia Changes Relationships, It Doesn’t End Them

Emotions are heightened in individuals challenged by dementia. But relationships can be nourished and built by understanding family and friends. The true meaning of charity is more the giving of what you are than of what you have. Your neighbour does not need a...

Awe Walks Are Good For You

Awe and wonder are common in children. Everything they see is through new eyes. As we get older, we lose that freshness of sight. We may even experience social disconnection, more anxiety, and sadness. And these feelings can be exacerbated by the current climate of...

Reduce Stress With These Ten Tips

We are facing really challenging times and at these moments I draw inspiration from individuals who faced great challenges with fortitude. One individual who I greatly admire is Viktor Frankl. He survived the Holocaust and wrote a great book - "Man's Search for...

Nurture a Sense of Wonder

A sense of wonder can improve engagement with life. Increased engagement with life makes life more meaningful. An important aspect of brain health is having meaning in your life. At Fit Minds we think of meaning as the sixth and overarching element of brain health....

Questions and Answers

What is Cognitive Stimulation Therapy? 

Cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) is a series of mental exercises that stimulate the brain. Because of the concept of brain plasticity, we know the brain can continue to grow as we age. The key question for many of us is how do we make that happen? Read More.

 

How Do I Create Dementia Care That Is Meaningful and Engaging?

Individual programming is the key to creating dementia care that is meaningful and engaging for individuals and their families. Every individual has their own interests and abilities and that doesn’t change with a diagnosis of dementia. Read More.

 

How Do I Live a Healthy Lifestyle That Supports My Brain?

If you want to build a lifestyle that supports your brain health, it is a good idea to begin with thinking about your motivation and goals. Where are you at with respect to brain health and more importantly…what are your goals for the future? Read More.

 

How Do I Build Cognitive Resilience?

Early educational experiences have an impact on dementia risk later in life. Learning reduces dementia risk – so create a love for learning that will last your whole life through. Read More.