Sinopse

Host Dr. Andrea Wilkinson has a PhD in Psychology, with a specialization in Cognitive Aging. She has been studying brain fitness and cognitive maintenance for over 15 years. The BrainShape Podcast discusses the hottest issues, topics, interests and concerns related to healthy aging and brain health for adults aged 60 and above, older adults, seniors and baby boomers who want to learn about how to stay mentally and physically engaged for as long as possible. What are the tips and techniques that promote successful aging? How do I age well? How can I improve my brain health and memory? How can I protect my brain against disease and illness? What is brain plasticity? How does food, nutrition and fitness affect the aging brain? What lifestyle promotes healthy and successful aging? Welcome to the BrainShape Podcast where Dr. Andrea answers all of your questions and so much more! Week after week, Dr. Andrea cuts through the noise of an ever growing, ever changing world of brain health. She shares her expertise on healthy aging and has in-depth conversations with experts and knowledge leaders. On this podcast, we talk about everything that impacts healthy aging from fitness, brain food, nutrition, socializing, sleeping habits, mental stimulation, meditation, the downside of brain games, memory, cognition, family, travel, lifestyle, habits, retirement, volunteering and so much more! Dr. Andrea gives you actionable and tangible tips, tools and techniques backed-up by real scientific studies that will get you inspired and help you to keep your brain in shape. To stay in touch with all things BrainShape, you can check out brainshape.ca and follow Dr. Andrea Wilkinson on social media @BrainShapeTO.

Episódios

  • Episode 83: Hearing Loss, Cognition  Health (HearingLife) with guest Jillian Price

    Episode 83: Hearing Loss, Cognition & Health (HearingLife) with guest Jillian Price

    06/10/2020 Duração: 37min

    Hearing loss affects many adults as they age. While the impact of hearing loss on health is varied, the relationship between hearing and cognition is notable. When it gets harder to hear information, you have to recruit additional brain areas to help you understand what you're hearing. A 10-decibel difference in hearing is equivalent to being two years older in terms of mental performance (e.g., memory). Identifying and treating hearing loss should be a priority because of its impact on cognitive decline.   Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/hearing-loss-cognition-health-hearinglife-jillian-price Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 82: Mindfulness and Meditation with guest Dr. David Vago

    Episode 82: Mindfulness and Meditation with guest Dr. David Vago

    29/09/2020 Duração: 59min

    You’ve heard about mindfulness before. Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to the present moment non-judgmentally. It is about being attuned to what arises and passes in your mind, so that you can develop familiarity with your inner world. Being mindful of what is going on inside of you is tremendously powerful. By having sensory awareness, you can allow your thoughts & emotions to rise and pass without succumbing to the impulse to act. Tune in to learn all about the health benefits of mindfulness.   Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/mindfulness-meditation-david-vago Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 81: Brain and Body Exercise (Cardiomelon) with guest Alison Weinlaeder

    Episode 81: Brain and Body Exercise (Cardiomelon) with guest Alison Weinlaeder

    22/09/2020 Duração: 24min

    The human brain undergoes normal age-related changes. After age 60, your brain's memory centre starts to shrink (~1% per year). Keeping an active lifestyle and moving your body regularly can help protect your brain. Also, stay mentally stimulated by challenging your mind, getting out of your comfort zone, and learning new things that are of interest to you. Research points to the added benefits of combining brain and body exercises to improve your brain's function. Tune in to learn more! Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/brain-body-exercise-cardiomelon-alison-weinlaeder Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/  

  • Episode 80: Managing Transitions with guest Lynn Nicolai

    Episode 80: Managing Transitions with guest Lynn Nicolai

    15/09/2020 Duração: 38min

    Being resilient in the face of challenge and transition is tough. Regardless of what change you are currently going through – your emotional well-being and mindset play a critical role in your ability to navigate difficult circumstances. One important element of a healthy mindset is staying focused on what you can control instead of wasting your valuable physical and mental energy on things that are outside of your control. Tune in to learn more actionable tools to help you manage life transitions! Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/managing-transitions-lynn-nicolai Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 79: Spark Change with guest Jennie Lee

    Episode 79: Spark Change with guest Jennie Lee

    08/09/2020 Duração: 27min

    The journey of inner transformation and growth is not easy. Any challenge can be transformed into an opportunity to grow if you let it, but this takes conscious choice and effort. Practices of self-reflection can help you connect with yourself on a deeper level. One way to help guide your internal transformation and growth is to ask yourself quality questions. Questions help promote more in-depth thought and awareness of your innermost needs, enabling you to connect with yourself in the most authentic way. Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/spark-change-jennie-lee Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 78: Narcissism Survival Guide with guest Dr. Mariette Jansen

    Episode 78: Narcissism Survival Guide with guest Dr. Mariette Jansen

    01/09/2020 Duração: 32min

    If you are in a relationship with a narcissist, and struggling, then this episode is for you. A narcissist is controlling and manipulative; they can’t handle criticism; they lack empathy and emotional awareness; and they have grandiose views of themselves. Being in relationship with a narcissist can be extremely difficult for a multitude of reasons – e.g., they are never wrong which makes it very hard to be in honest dialogue with them. Tune in to learn more about surviving a relationship with a narcissist. Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/narcissism-survival-guide-mariette-jansen Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 77: The Rewired Life with guest Erica Spiegelman

    Episode 77: The Rewired Life with guest Erica Spiegelman

    25/08/2020 Duração: 22min

    Changing old habits can be hard. Maybe you want to stop spending so much time on your devices; maybe you want to exercise more or sleep better. Whatever your specific goals are, modifying your lifestyle and changing everyday habits is not easy. Often, we look for the solution to our challenges and difficulties in the external world – like an app or a piece of workout equipment, but I invite you to consider the role of your mindset and thinking patterns in either helping or hindering you as you pursue your goals. Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/the-rewired-life-erica-spiegelman Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 76: Cognitive Aging  Memory with guest Dr. Sara Festini

    Episode 76: Cognitive Aging & Memory with guest Dr. Sara Festini

    18/08/2020 Duração: 31min

    Memory changes with age. Although there is a difference between “normal” age-related changes in memory and those associated with dementia-like pathology (such as Alzheimer’s disease), some changes in memory are expected as you get older. There are, however, specific behaviours and habits that you can incorporate into your daily life that can help support your memory and protect your brain as you age. Tune in to learn all about memory, the aging brain and how you can improve your mental functions as you age.   Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/cognitive-aging-and-memory-sara-festini Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 75: Music, Memory and Emotion with guest Dr. Petr Janata

    Episode 75: Music, Memory and Emotion with guest Dr. Petr Janata

    11/08/2020 Duração: 23min

    Music moves the mind. Your experiences with music involve many psychological & mental processes - from perceiving or hearing the music to the mental images that accompany a specific tune. Strong emotions can be tied to a particular song, & certain tunes can evoke powerful nostalgic experiences. A person’s relationship to a given song may be expressed as how familiar they are with the tune or the degree to which the song is associated with a personal memory. Tune in to learn about music, memory & emotion. Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/music-memory-and-emotion-petr-janata Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 74: Becoming the “You-est You” with guest Julie Reisler

    Episode 74: Becoming the “You-est You” with guest Julie Reisler

    04/08/2020 Duração: 29min

    You have an inner light - a set of gifts & talents that exist within you; but, many obstacles can get in the way of you living to your fullest potential. For example, old stories that you have been told by others or society that continue to drive your behaviour or your inner critic that talks poorly about anything you try to accomplish. Regardless of what is holding you back from showing up as the best version of you or your "you-est you," there is a way through the noise. Tune in to learn more!   Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/becoming-the-you-est-you-julie-reisler Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 73: Racial Disparities in Health with guest Dr. Ronica Rooks

    Episode 73: Racial Disparities in Health with guest Dr. Ronica Rooks

    28/07/2020 Duração: 21min

    Research demonstrates the existence of racial disparities in health. Specifically, older black adults show an earlier onset of chronic conditions and more rapid declines in health than their white counterparts. One explanation for these health disparities is socioeconomic inequalities. For example, poorer quality schooling and not owning a home can affect access to healthcare and, therefore, health. Tune in to learn more about social-ecological explanations for racial disparities in health. Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/racial-disparities-in-health-ronica-rooks Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 72: Music Therapy with guest Dr. SarahRose Black

    Episode 72: Music Therapy with guest Dr. SarahRose Black

    21/07/2020 Duração: 25min

    We’ve all had powerful experiences with music. Music can help us feel light + happy, and it can also help us deal with heavy emotions that we’ve been carrying around for far too long. Musical interventions can also be used in a therapeutic context to improve a client’s quality of life. Music therapy involves using music as a form of relaxation, emotional processing, and psychotherapeutic support to relieve physical, emotional, or psychological distress. Tune in to learn more about the power of music as a therapeutic tool. Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/music-therapy-sarahrose-black Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 71: Rethinking Dementia with Dr. Peter Whitehouse

    Episode 71: Rethinking Dementia with Dr. Peter Whitehouse

    14/07/2020 Duração: 22min

    Dr. Peter Whitehouse (author of "The Myth of Alzheimer's" and the forthcoming "American Dementia") reminds us that Alzheimer's disease is not a single biological condition – but a collection of many conditions that affect cognition (e.g., memory). Also, features of Alzheimer's disease (e.g., plaques and tangles) are present in the brains of many (if not most) adults as they age, suggesting the lines between pathological and non-pathological aging may not be as clear cut as originally anticipated.  Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/myth-of-alzheimers-peter-whitehouse Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 70: Trailblazer with guest Dorothy Butler Gilliam

    Episode 70: Trailblazer with guest Dorothy Butler Gilliam

    07/07/2020 Duração: 44min

    Dorothy Butler Gilliam is a pioneer and the first black female journalist at the Washington Post. In this episode, Dorothy shares her incredible life story – from growing up in a racially segregated city, to working at the Washington Post, as well as helping to train young journalists and bring more racial diversity into the media. Dorothy shares her over 50-year career as a journalist in her memoir called “Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look more like America." Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/trailblazer-dorothy-butler-gilliam Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 69: Brain Vitality Workshop #2 with Dr. Andrea Wilkinson

    Episode 69: Brain Vitality Workshop #2 with Dr. Andrea Wilkinson

    30/06/2020 Duração: 27min

    Stress affects both your brain and your body. In this episode, I share a sneak peak of Brain Vitality Workshop #2: Stress, Sleep and Mental Challenges. To access the entire workshop, visit https://www.BrainShape.ca/brain-vitality-workshop-2 (available for a limited time only). In this episode, you’ll learn about evolution & your stress response, the dangers of chronic (or consistent) stress, the relationship between stress & inflammation and I'll end by sharing some stress management techniques. Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/brain-vitality-workshop-2 Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 68: Brain Vitality Workshop #1 with Dr. Andrea Wilkinson

    Episode 68: Brain Vitality Workshop #1 with Dr. Andrea Wilkinson

    23/06/2020 Duração: 25min

    The food you eat impacts your brain & body and it's a fundamental component of brain health & aging well. In this episode, I share a sneak peak of Brain Vitality Workshop #1: Food, Nutrition & Fitness. To access the entire workshop, visit https://www.BrainShape.ca/brain-vitality-workshop-1 (available for a limited time only). In this episode, you’ll learn about the gut-brain connection, hunger hormones, how food affects cognition, and the links between blood sugar, insulin levels, diabetes & brain health.

  • Episode 67: True Wellness for your Heart with guest Dr. Catherine Kurosu

    Episode 67: True Wellness for your Heart with guest Dr. Catherine Kurosu

    16/06/2020 Duração: 44min

    In this episode, we are featuring our first-ever repeat guest! Dr. Catherine Kurosu is here again, but this time she’s talking about the integration of Western and Eastern medicine for optimal heart health. Specifically, she co-wrote the book True Wellness for your Heart to educate people about how the heart and blood vessels work, and how your daily choices can positively impact your cardiovascular health. Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/true-wellness-heart-catherine-kurosu Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 66: Time Off with guest Max Frenzel (Part 2)

    Episode 66: Time Off with guest Max Frenzel (Part 2)

    09/06/2020 Duração: 35min

    This episode covers the conclusion of our two-part series on the importance of taking time off to facilitate quality output. High-quality time off is described as anything that gives you meaning. In this way, how you decide to spend your time off is very personal and will be unique to you. If you missed part 1, go back and listen to it before jumping into the conclusion. In this episode, we talk about the concept of time off and rest ethic by exploring creativity, artificial intelligence, and music creation. Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/time-off-max-frenzel Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

  • Episode 65: Time Off with guest John Fitch (Part 1)

    Episode 65: Time Off with guest John Fitch (Part 1)

    02/06/2020 Duração: 48min

    This episode covers part one of a two-part series on the importance of taking time off and resting to enable you to show up as your best self. Rest ethic isn’t about scrolling social media or binge-watching your favourite show; it is about taking time to rest, recover, and reconnect with yourself, nature and the people around you in a meaningful way. By taking intentional time off, you can unlock your brain’s power and creativity.

  • Episode 64: Build Better Habits with guest Dr. Jaime Hope

    Episode 64: Build Better Habits with guest Dr. Jaime Hope

    26/05/2020 Duração: 37min

    A healthy lifestyle includes sleeping well, managing stress, exercising, and eating healthy foods. Knowing what you need to do to be healthy is simple, but the execution is hard. There are many barriers to building healthy habits and showing up for yourself in a way that will keep you feeling vibrant and energized. Start by naming potential obstacles and make a contingency plan. Next, uncover your “why.” By connecting with the deep emotion behind your desire to build healthier habits, you will be better equipped to implement them when motivation wavers.   Read the show notes: https://www.brainshape.ca/podcast/build-better-habits-jamie-hope Visit our website: https://www.BrainShape.ca/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BrainShapeTO/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrainShapeTO Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrainShapeTO/

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