Middle Age Summary

I finished The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain.

Here’s what we can do now for our brains, even in middle age and beyond. You’ve heard them all before, but I’m really sold after reading just what it’s doing in the brain (generating brain cells, increasing white matter in the brain, and building something called “brain reserve”).

1. Exercise. 2. Nutrition/eat well. 3. Continue education (those of us who went to college are going to fair better in the end, the more education the better).  4. Socialize. 5. Volunteer.  6. Be positive and cheery.

Being in a choir is as perfect as can be because it involves socializing, learning, a little exercise, and in my case volunteering (I do work in the Grace Church archives). Also, whatever mood you are in when you walk into rehearsal, you come out feeling very positive.

I am now on the look out for another weekly group activity that has similar benefits.

Here is Finney in the sunlight. When I catch my cats in the sunlight I sing the sunlight song. “Finney in the sunlight. Do-da-do-da-do. Finney in the sunlight. I’m so in love with you.” (I am the ultimate cat dork.)


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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