After all of the blogs I have written over the years, and all the people clamoring for a book, I thought it was time to actually write. Since this is my first book, I would love for you to be a part of the experience. If that is something that appeals to you, hit the Contact Pat button and
let me know if you want to be involved.
Below is the introductory article to give you an idea of the flavor of the book!
Title: Too Old to Change Your Brain?
Subtitle: Experience the joys of longevity with a younger, sharper brain
It was a subtle change. A missed word, a lost name, a tip-of-the-tongue, and I was freaking out. What was happening to me? The kicker was when I forgot a word in the middle of a presentation, which I had done ten times before. Sweat was rolling down my back, and many, many eyes were staring at me as I tried to talk around the word I forgot. That became a life-long memory and overshadowed every presentation I did from then on.
Lord have mercy! Was I in trouble? Was I experiencing the onset of dementia?
Not content to sit in my fear, I started researching the workings of the aging brain. It was a bittersweet discovery that my brain was aging, and I was losing my quick-minded functioning. It turned out that this was a normal aging change. I was not on the slippery slope to dementia. The moment that I discovered I could reverse these aging changes felt like a life-saving event to me.
The aging process is tough, and there are so many changes that we don’t feel like we have any control over. This undermined my confidence in all aspects of my life. I was feeling vulnerable about what was happening to me and that it would diminish everything I thought I was.
Then by chance, I was at a Conference on Aging, and I looked across the exhibition hall and saw a booth about Brain Fitness. The little that I learned that day – rocked my world! I still had control and I could change my brain! The years that followed were filled with learning all the nuances of the aging brain and how to prevent dementia. I knew that if I was worried about getting Alzheimer’s disease, many more people my age were probably worried too.
This brain journey I have been traveling has resulted in a personal pledge to teach other boomers that it is not too late to change our brains. There is no secret sauce or magic pill that can turn back the time to our younger brains. Even though all this brain change is possible and valuable, it takes understanding why and how all this happens. Then it takes determination in making the required lifestyle changes to alter the state of our brain.
Does that sound like too much work for you? Look at your alternatives – you can live longer with a high-functioning brain, with a high-functioning life, or you can succumb to a long life of resignation to the aging changes that just keep happening. Longevity is a blessing if you are healthy in your body, mind, and spirit. Should you choose to take the aging hits as they happen – you become the old person you never wanted to be.
That is where this book can be your longevity guide. It captures the why and the how of aging changes and turns them into your starting point for making critical updates in your brain. Having knowledge, strategies, and tools is necessary to change your brain and life. Knowing how to use them and committing to the process of change are your keys to successful aging. Too good to be true? Only you can decide!
I'm Writing a Book!
What’s Happening? Oct /Nov 2023
Years ago, I took a brain health and wellness course from Dr. Sarah McKay, founder of the Neuroscience Academy. It was a 10-week course, and it overlapped two seasons. For those of us in the northern hemisphere it was winter and spring. Sarah lives in Australia and the seasons there were summer and fall. I was freezing sitting in my office while I attended my class, and Sarah was warm and tan as she taught us. I just wanted to be warm and tan! So, over the years as I continue to write my blogs, I think of all my loyal friends in the southern hemisphere who are enjoying or tolerating their season. Here's to you as you move into your spring! I seriously would love to be wherever you are right now!
Here in the U.S. November rolls in a prolonged holiday season. At the end of the month, we celebrate Thanksgiving. This is one of my favorite holidays because it is just friends, family, and love for each other. There is no expectation of gifts, or an exhaustive schedule of parties. It is family, food, and football. It is time to reflect and be grateful for the blessings that you have in your life.
Well, the draft of the book is complete! It is going through edits right now and I am starting to get excited and nervous! I am grateful that I have friends who are helping me put this together. The writing portion of the process has been easier than getting it ready for publication. There will be a special announcement sent to all of you about the release date. And if I can figure it out! There will be a few days where the Kindle version will be available for free. Look for that special announcement because I will really need your support.
Thank you for being a part of My Boomer Brain.
With gratitude, Pat