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Trend: Going on a brain health vacation


A Look at Lux­u­ry Resorts That Now Offer Brain Health Pro­grams (Next Avenue):

Like any self-dis­re­spect­ing woman, I’ve spent a life­time of mir­ror scruti­ny (and cash) on my thighs, hips, heart, back, post-baby bel­ly, even my eye­brows. For all this invest­ment, I’ve paid scant atten­tion to the one irre­place­able body part that keeps every­thing else run­ning: my brain.

Why not learn how to show it some love, then, in the nicest pos­si­ble way — by tak­ing it on a brain vaca­tion?

Gray mat­ter is the lat­est twist in the red-hot well­ness tourism cat­e­go­ry, which is grow­ing by 7.5% a year, accord­ing to the Glob­al Well­ness Insti­tute .… “It’s pos­si­ble to alter 70% of your genet­ic des­tiny by chang­ing non­genet­ic fac­tors, with the deci­sions you make. That’s the new field called epi­ge­net­ics,” says Dr. Richard Car­mona, the 17th U.S. Sur­geon Gen­er­al…

Although any­one can learn brain-health basics at home, doing so with pro­fes­sion­al sup­port while on vaca­tion costs, well, big vaca­tion bucks. 10-room Life­works runs $5,000 for four nights of all-inclu­sive meals and activ­i­ties. Canyon Ranch’s “Boost Your Brain” pro­gram costs $500, and that’s above its stan­dard tab of $1,099 per per­son per night — also all-inclu­sive.

Maybe it’s best to think of this as a brain invest­ment as well as a hol­i­day. What’s the price of a brain that works bet­ter, longer?”

Trend in Context:

Welcoming “Como Investir no Seu Cérebro?”

It is a plea­sure to announce the pub­li­ca­tion of the Por­tuguese edi­tion of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, by Edições Sílabo, and with a beau­ti­ful pref­ace by Dr. Alexan­dre Cas­tro Cal­das, Direc­tor of the Health Sci­ences Insti­tute in Lis­bon!

If you speak Por­tuguese here’s a great book on brain health and brain fit­ness (lit­er­al­ly, the title means “How to invest in your brain,” same as in the Span­ish edi­tion).

SINOPSE (in Portuguese):

Todos sabe­mos que deve­mos inve­stir na nos­sa saúde, na nos­sa edu­cação, na nos­sa car­reira profis­sion­al, em planos de poupança. Mas poucos sabem porque e como inve­stir no nos­so mais impor­tante recur­so: o cére­bro.

Numa área tão apaixo­nante e nova como é a da ciên­cia do cére­bro, este livro é um guia estim­u­lante e práti­co, com valiosa infor­mação e con­sel­hos úteis para que o leitor pos­sa mel­ho­rar o rendi­men­to atu­al e futuro do seu cére­bro, enrique­cen­do deste modo a sua qual­i­dade de vida e saúde men­tal.

«(…) Este livro não é só mais um livro descreven­do as funções cere­brais, pelo con­trário ele revê com rig­or cien­tí­fi­co a lit­er­atu­ra atu­al, chaman­do a atenção para as fontes de infor­mação que são mais fidedig­nas — cuida­do com as notí­cias dos jor­nais! — e trazen­do as respostas dos próprios autores num diál­o­go sim­ples. Em tem­pos li algures que nos fal­ta­va um livro de instruções para cuidar­mos de nós próprios e do enorme val­or daqui­lo que pos­suí­mos em ter­mos de com­petên­cia men­tal. Aqui fica uma impor­tante con­tribuição para esse obje­ti­vo. (…) Leiam, então, este pre­cioso livro e pre­parem-se para os próx­i­mos capí­tu­los.»
— Alexan­dre Cas­tro Cal­das, Pro­fes­sor Cat­e­dráti­co de Neu­rolo­gia Uni­ver­si­dade Católi­ca de Lis­boa. Direc­tor do Insti­tu­to de Ciên­cias da Saúde.


To order the book:

Towards a new culture of Brain Health and Brain Fitness

Some addi­tion­al Con­fer­ence Bites from the stim­u­lat­ing con­ver­sa­tions at the Future of Health Sum­mit ear­li­er this week:

We real­ly believe the future is indi­vid­u­al­iza­tion & con­sumers will be empow­ered to make more choice.”
~ Sara Wajn­berg, Oscar Health

Every­one has a brain, and how can we help every­one under­stand the impor­tance of brain health? ‘Brain fit­ness’ is a metaphor that engages peo­ple at all lev­els.”
~ Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, Sharp­Brains Read the rest of this entry »

Have a Kindle? Order The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness at a sharp discount and help fight Alzheimer’s Disease

As you prob­a­bly know Sep­tem­ber is World Alzheimer’s Month, and we’d like to help improve pub­lic knowl­edge about brain health and Alzheimer’s risk fac­tors by mak­ing The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize your Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age eas­i­er to access and read. Read the rest of this entry »

Could technology help cure depression among older adults? (Short answer: Yes)


Why tech­nol­o­gy — not med­ica­tion — is the future of treat­ing old­er adults with depres­sion (McKnight’s Long-term Care News):

The go-to treat­ment for many cas­es of depres­sion is med­ica­tion.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, this treat­ment option can cause as many issues as the prob­lem it is try­ing to solve. Anti­de­pres­sants can put res­i­dents at greater risk of falls, neg­a­tive health com­pli­ca­tions and oth­er poor con­di­tions. Some stud­ies indi­cate that anti­de­pres­sants may not be effec­tive for most old­er Amer­i­cans. Read the rest of this entry »

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