“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

Perhaps more than some people, I am aware of how important it is to continue learning new things. I say this because I am in the brain business.

I have been with Memory Matters for almost 16 years and was instrumental in implementing our Brain Boosters class. One important component of the class is pursing lifelong learning.

Almost daily, I talk to people about ways to keep their brains healthy. Even if someone has been diagnosed with a form of dementia, it is critically important to keep their brains engaged.

But do I do the same?

Yes, because I will be teaching our upcoming Brain Boosters classes again. The classes will be offered on Hilton Head and St. Andrews Parish Hall in Bluffton.

The information for Brain Boosters is better than ever and the learning curve for me has been challenging. I am tapping into my long-term memory and retrieving information that is in my brain but needing to be refreshed.

And I am happy to say I feel excited about teaching this class again. I feel on top of my game! I am practicing what I preach.

Enough about me … what are you doing to keep your brain healthy? What are you doing to stay engaged in life? Here are some great suggestions that we teach in Brain Boosters:

  • Schedule a free baseline memory screening at Memory Matters.
  • Get moving. You don’t need to run a marathon to get the benefits of exercise. Start with 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon.
  • Limit your sugar intake.
  • Call up a friend and share a meal or go see a movie. Just get out.
  • Focus on the things that you can control and stop wasting time worrying about the things you cannot control.
  • Find a way to laugh every day.
  • Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts.
  • Live in the moment. Take time to notice nature, butterflies, flowers, a warm breeze.
  • Make a list of your accomplishments. Be proud of yourself.
  • (This is my favorite.) Help someone else. When you focus on helping others, you forget about your problems. Call a neighbor who is lonely, bake something special for a sick friend, volunteer, if only twice a month for an organization that supports a cause you feel passionate about … animals, helping the less privileged, memory care.

I hope you take some of this advice to heart. I promise if you do, you will feel better both mentally and physically.

I am looking forward to being in Bluffton a few days a week and sharing my knowledge about brain health with my new students. If you have signed up for Brain Boosters at St. Andrews, I will see you there.

We will offer this class again beginning Oct. 16. For more information call Kari at 843-842-6688.

Karen Doughtie is assistant director of Memory Matters, serving Bluffton and Hilton Head. karen@memory-matters.org; mymemorymatters.org