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Rob Winningham
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Western Oregon University’s Gerontology Program was recently named one of the top programs in the country and the top program in the Pacific Northwest. For more information go to:

http://www.greatvaluecolleges.net/rankings/gerontology/

WOU’s Gerontology Program has a strong interdisciplinary focus on the social, psychological, and biological aspects of aging with plentiful opportunities for applied learning. Gerontology students spend a minimum of 200 hours doing internships and other activities outside of the university, in order to develop practical skills and experience working directly with older adults or in the settings that serve them. These experiences help students focus their career plans, gain valuable work experience, and develop professional contacts in the field. WOU’s Gerontology Program graduates have been quite successful in starting their careers or gaining admission to graduate programs. For more information about WOU’s Gerontology Program, please go to:

http://www.wou.edu/gerontology/
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We have just produced our best set of resources for brain health. In this workbook, you will find cognitive stimulation exercises we call Cranium Crunches that were designed to target specific areas of the brain and cognitive abilities, such as concentration and making new memories. The Cranium Crunches have been designed based on research to target key regions of the brain. Every activity shows what part of the brain is being exercised. There are pre and post-tests to measure improvement and a curriculum plan. http://www.activityconnection.com/ccbook/
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Fascinating article about scientific myths and how they can be very difficult to dispel, even in the face of clear and objective evidence. The final point of the article is that the more you try to dispel them, the more people believe them. But I don't believe that and am posting it...
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Yet another convincing paper from Dr. Liu-Ambrose's lab (summarized in this NY Times article). The effects from previous resistance training research have shown a 11% improvement in cognition after just once a week sessions (for a year). Good stuff!
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Physical exercise really is a miracle drug. We know it can improve mood, reduce stress, improve sleep, and improve cognitive ability (mostly attention, which indirectly improves memory). Good stuff!
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