Health

THE THREE BRAINS

Our three brains work together and separately, consciously and unconsciously to keep us alive, help us make decisions, feel emotions and communicate with others.

The part of this triune brain that keeps us alive is the Reptilian brain.  The Reptilian brain prompts fight, flight or freeze when faced with a life-threatening or harmful event and operates primarily on an unconscious level. Let’s say you are on the sideline of a soccer match and out of your peripheral vision your brain senses a soccer ball zooming towards your face.

The Reptilian brain takes immediate action and causes you to duck out of the way.  When this happens the Reptilian brain shuts down the prefrontal cortex, simply because there is no time to “think” before taking action.  The Reptilian brain has performed its task in keeping you alive.  The Reptilian brain cannot distinguish between real or imagined threats. This is why haunted housed or horror movies seem so real; to our brains, they are.

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Respecting Parents As They Age

Many of us will reach retirement age with good health intact and excellent mental clarity. For those who don’t, there is help available.

Currently, the largest population of seniors will be Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964. This population is expected to double by the year 2050. The time to plan is sooner rather than later.

But, aging is not a bad thing. Many seniors continue on with daily activities as if they were decades younger. Healthy means happy, and good health is the key to a fabulous retirement. Make sure mom and dad are getting proper healthcare and that they are getting adequate nutrition.

Adult children should never approach aging parents in a negative manner. Aging is not a disease. The young adult still lives in the minds of seniors and we should do what we can to keep it there. A simple question such as “so mom, would you like us to help you with anything? Are you doing okay?” is all that is needed in most cases to begin the conversation. If you haven’t been around much in previous years, suggesting a retirement “home or community” may be met with resistance. Here are some positive suggestions:

– Assess the situation often. If all looks well, it probably is.
– If possible, share concerns with other siblings.
– Ask important questions regarding living wills, healthcare decisions, and power-of-attorney.
– Make sure parents remain active in clubs, church, or visiting friends.
– And by all means, stay in touch! Love is the best medicine.

And, when help is needed, Legacy In-Home Care can make the difference between peace and tranquility and total chaos. We offer assistance for every stage of aging. We love what we do – so will you! Contact Legacy today.

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