- 2018 Posts
- Caregiver Specialist Heather Resnick on Caregiver Support
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- Center Launches North Shore Senior Options
- On Blindness, Alzheimer's and Love
- Shared Vision: Winnetka Congregational Church Woman's Society Benevolence Committee
- Protecting Seniors and Adults with Disabilities: Adult Protective Services
- A Jack of All Trades: Al Davis
- Family Tradition: Gone Fishin'
- Dedicated Volunteer: Fern Kamen
- Generous Soul: Mitchell Slotnick
- Assessing the Older Adult Members of your Family
- Giving Back: Fay Goldblatt
- Adult Protective Services (APS) Program Benefits from Shamrock Shindig
- Humble Beginnings: Bobbi Halloran
+ 2017 Posts
- Arts and Crafts at the Center
- #GivingTuesday at North Shore Senior Center
- Leisure Time Well Spent - Daytrips at the Center
- New Advisory Council Formed
- Playreading with Vivian Mitchel
- North Shore Senior Center's Foundation Board
- Wills vs. Trusts
- Joan Golder Distinguished Senior Lecture Series showcased actor Mike Nussbaum
- 20/20 Corporate Campaign
- Functional Fitness: Training for Everyday Life
- Benefits of Pet Therapy for People with Memory Loss
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Benefit from Oktoberfest
- Small Screen Big Stars: Oh What a Night!
- Sharing a Common Thread
- Helping You Make Informed Choices for Care
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Distinguished Community Partner
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Dedicated Corporation
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Outstanding Philanthropist
- Special Needs Trusts
- Gifts in Kind Increase the Center's Impact
- Enrich your Life with Lifelong Learning
- A Little TLC Goes a Long Way
- PEARLS: Reducing Symptoms of Depression Home-based Counseling Services Available
- Big Stars to Chair Annual Benefit
- Evanston Community Foundation
- Million Dollar Round Table Foundation
- Super Senior Day
- New Physical Therapy Services Now Available at North Shore Senior Center!
- Stroke Prevention Tips
- Why Powers of Attorney are Important to You!
- Get Expert Help with Your Tax Returns
- North Shore Senior Center Awarded Gold Status for Philanthropic Efforts
- Fitness as a Goal for Life
- Men's Club Offers Unique Programs to Community
- Spread the Love at North Shore Senior Center
- Jean Griswold Foundation supports House of Welcome Adult Day Services
- "I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for people." - Maya Angelou
- "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." - Zeus from Hercules
- Winter Safety and Health Tips
- "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell
- A Granddaughter's Love for her Grandmother
- Six Things to Consider Before Making Gifts to Grandchildren
- Lending Closet for Durable Medical Equipment at North Shore Senior Center
- Seniors Can Save Lives by Donating Blood
+ 2016 Posts
- Lifelong Learning Catalog Wins International Award for Best Brochure
- Life Stories are Gifts that Keep on Giving
- Visiting Aging Parents During the Holidays
- Edna Weber Garden of Light Wing at the House of Welcome
- Learn More About What Makes This World Tick
- 60 Years of Service: Advocacy
- 60 Years of Service: Compassion
- Myrna and John Cruikshank, III: Steady and Committed Philanthropists
- Kenilworth United Fund: Longstanding, Civic-Minded Community Partner
- Radford Green at Sedgebrook: Dedicated Corporation and Vested Supporter
- Simple Tips to Improve Your Balance
- 60 Years of Service: Creativity
- Daily Money Management Fosters Peace of Mind
- Opportunities for Learning, Exploring, and Connecting
- The Edna Weber "Garden of Light" Wing
- Protecting Vulnerable Seniors: Adult Protective Services Promotes Quality of Life
- Top Ten Reasons Why Older Adults Continue to Work
- Super Seniors We Admire!
- Scams and Fraud: Protect Yourself
- The State's Devastating Impact on Our Budget
- North Shore Senior Center Southern Hub Moves to Niles
- Alzheimer's Family Support Group
- Evanston Support Group for Family Caregivers
- Family Caregiver Support Group in Skokie
+ 2015 Posts
- Music + Dance + Dialogue = A Musical!
- Flex and Strengthen Your Muscles
- Generous & Caring Corporate Citizen
- More Than Service and Fellowship
- Art Gallery a "Hidden Gem" at North Shore Senior Center
- Sound Off on Hearing Loss
- Making Sense of American Poltics
- Fitness Center Enhances More Than Muscle Strength
- Virtual View of Art: From the Basics to Specialties
- Social Connections are a Key to Successful Aging
- North Shore Senior Center Celebrates Super Seniors!
- Super Senior Spotlight
- What is a Senior Center?
- MDRT Foundation Aids Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program
- Social Worker Reaches Out to Seniors in Need
- How to Achieve Your Healthiest Brain Yet
- AmazonSmile: Your Online Shopping Can Help NSSC!
+ 2014 Posts
How to Achieve Your Healthiest Brain YetFebruary 18, 2015
By Mary Staackmann, CPP
Director of Lifelong Learning, North Shore Senior Center
The brain is a remarkably dynamic organ that continues to develop and adapt over your lifetime. This responsive and ever-changing nature of the brain is referred to as plasticity, and it provides you with great opportunities to keep your brain fit and healthy.
The wonderful characteristic of brain plasticity does not end at a certain age. It spans the lifetime, so adults of any age have the opportunity to improve their brain fitness. Embrace the opportunities your brain's plasticity provides, and pursue a lifestyle that protects and enhances your brain fitness. A comprehensive lifestyle approach to brain fitness engages the whole person - mind, body and spirit.
- Social Connections. This can be the fun part! You may retire from your career, but don't retire from life. Staying engaged in life, involved in your community and connected to family and friends is an important element of brain fitness and overall healthy aging.
- Physical Fitness. Aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, can increase the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain and release growth factors that encourage nerve cell growth. Regular exercise also encourages the release of endorphins, which can boost your mood. Take regular brisk walks, go dancing, take an exercise class - just make sure you enjoy it so you will do it consistently.
- Mental Stimulation. Regularly expose your brain to new and complex ideas, tasks or situations. The focus and concentration needed to learn something new triggers activity in the brain and encourages it to respond and grow. Complete crossword or Sudoku puzzles, read a challenging book, attend a lecture, study a new language or learn to play a musical instrument. The key is that you engage in new activities which require focused concentration.
- Nutrition. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can not only reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, but also promote brain fitness and reduce your risk of age-related dementias. Choose foods with the essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed to feed a healthy brain, and limit excessive consumption of processed foods.
- Spirituality. Relaxation techniques, meditation and prayer are three ways individuals may find peace in our hectic and stressful society. Your brain can still function in a chaotic world, but will work more efficiently over time if you regularly provide time for reflection and relaxation.
Brain fitness can improve your quality of life and sense of well-being. Over the long term, it may help reduce your risk of age-related dementias, such as Alzheimer's disease. And the good news is that you can make a tremendous impact on your brain's fitness by choosing to engage your mind in challenging, healthy activities every day.
North Shore Senior Center offers many programs and resources to help you keep your brain fit, including educational classes, fitness programs, social activities and much more. Visit our website for more information, or call 847.784.6030.
Nussbaum, Paul, Ph.D. Your Brain Health Lifestyle: A Proactive Program to Preserve Your Life Story. Word Association Publishers, Tarentum, PA. 2007.