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helping your brain
« on: September 17, 2010, 08:18:50 am »
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Re: helping your brain
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2010, 09:32:17 am »
Wow!  Great article!

Thanks for sharing it.

Now I'm more thankful than ever that I got off the couch and got back to exercising!

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Re: helping your brain
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2010, 03:22:59 pm »
Susan ~

Good information regarding the relation of physical exercise to cognitive function.  I do little formal exercise but I'm physically active for a few hours every day (washing the car by hand, etc)  and lately, I'm using the stationary bike I got down from the attic for my wife, who is re-starting a previously abandoned/neglected weight loss regimen.  I don't pedal furiously and only for about 15 minutes a day but I figure 'it can't hurt'.  The information in the article convinces me that keeping active, as my father did, into his 80's (he died at age 92) is the only way to go for a host of reasons, not the least being the ability to maintain my cognitive abilities, which I 'm quite fond of and would surely miss.  ;)

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Re: helping your brain
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2010, 04:37:18 pm »
good article! thanks!


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Re: helping your brain
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2010, 05:12:35 pm »
Play DDR (Dance dance revolution) and get it all at the same time.

Thankx for the link.
Age 42, AN left, 2.8cm
left hearing gone, balance getting better.
16 hour Surgery 9-27-10 CSF leak fix 10-4-10 3 hours
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Re: helping your brain
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2010, 03:55:04 pm »
Thanks for the link.  Great article.  I have been trying to exercise at least a littlle.  I have to agree that exercise does work.  My Dad lives with me and as he has slowed down his mental status has faded.  I need to make more time for me!
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Re: helping your brain
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2010, 11:18:36 am »
I totally agree!  Exercise helps my head a lot...great for headaches!
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Headaches began immediately.  Dr. Ducic occipital nerve resection, December 2011!!!!!

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Re: helping your brain
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2011, 09:21:25 pm »
A great motivator, thanks
Diagnosed Nov 08  w/ 14x13x14mm left AN. Translab on 9/30/10 w/ Dr's Mattox & Olson at Emory University Hosp. in Atlanta.  Post surgery complications were meningitis & pneumonia. Hospitalized for 12 days, zero memory for the first 5.