TIPS FOR MAINTAINING BRAIN HEALTH AVAILABLE
FREE TO THE PUBLIC FROM THE METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE
SHOWS IMPACT OF ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS ON BRAIN FUNCTION
– November XX, 2005) – The MetLife Mature Market Institute®
(MMI) is making its publication, Ten Tips for Maintaining Brain
Health, available free to the public.
is based on information from Dr. Paul Nussbaum, Ph.D., ABPP, a clinical
neuropsychologist who specializes in brain health across the lifespan
and aging, author of the MMI’s newly published book, Love
Your Brain. The publications are part of MetLife’s ongoing
commitment to research and education about Alzheimer’s disease
and healthy aging.
brain was once thought to stop developing at age five, but new research
challenges that notion and leads to our newer belief that ‘neural
plasticity’ is possible, that humans have the capacity to
be shaped by environmental input,” said Dr. Nussbaum.
“New brain research indicates that the brain continues to
develop in humans in their 20’s and that we continue to be
able to help our brains well into later life. Other studies have
shown a relationship between creativity and advanced age,”
For those over
50, Dr. Nussbaum acknowledges that one’s ability to remember
names, retrieve information and multi-task diminishes with age and
is not necessarily a disease. He encourages learning throughout
the lifespan to maintain mental acuity.
Dr. Nussbaum, the effects of nutrition, stress, sleep, exercise,
prayer, social interaction and physical and emotional expressions
of love for babies, toddlers, adolescents, young adults, those in
middle age and beyond, all of which have an impact on lifelong brain
health. He says individuals should reduce their caloric intake to
80% of what they intend to consume at each meal because overeating
and obesity do not contribute to brain health.
discourages television viewing, encourages ambidexterity and challenges
the traditional concept of “retirement”, indicating,
instead, that older people should continue to be engaged and productive.
He reports that chronic stress has been demonstrated to accelerate
has a wealth of information that promises to help us as we age,”
said Sandra Timmermann, Ed.D., director of the MetLife Mature Market
Institute and a gerontologist. “His guidelines about caring
for our brain are worth noting so we can continue to learn, to grow
and to give back to our communities into our 80’s and beyond.”
Mature Market Institute is MetLife’s information and policy
resource center on issues related to aging, retirement, long-term
care and the mature market. The Institute, staffed by gerontologists,
provides research, training and education, consultation and information
to support MetLife, its corporate customers and business partners.
Dr. Paul Nussbaum
is an Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery in Neurological Surgery at the
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and lectures nationally
and internationally on the human brain, brain-behavior relations,
diseases of the brain and brain health promotion. With more than
20 years experience in the care of older persons in outpatient and
long term care settings, he is also a consultant to many organizations
and companies throughout the U.S. He has written for numerous scientific
publications and has authored textbooks.
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For more information,
please visit www.metlife.com.
For a free copy
of MetLife’s Ten Tips to Maintaining Brain Health, please
write to the MetLife Mature Market Institute, 57 Greens Farms Road,
Westport, CT 06880, call (203) 221-6580 or e-mail: MatureMarketInstitute@metlife.com.
This publication and others can also be accessed at http://www.maturemarketinstitute.com/.
For a copy of
the 60-page book, Love Your Brain, please visit www.paulnussbaum.com.
There is a $10 charge, plus shipping and handling.