How Does Physical Activity Promote Brain Health?

By: Dr. Rob Winningham, PhD There are many well-documented reasons to get more physical activity, including reducing the chance of stroke, heart disease, or diabetes. Physical activity can also help mitigate depression, mood disorders and improve sleep. However, physical exercise has also been linked to improved cognitive abilities, including the ability to stay focused and make new memories. What types […]

Learn Something New

By: Dr. Roger Landry, MD, MPH Most of what they told us in medical school about the brain . . . was wrong! Back then, the prevailing belief was that once we reached physical maturity, our brains ceased to make new brain tissue. We thought that aging gradually depleted the neurons of our brains, leading to dementia. Fortunately, that is […]

Dual Tasking and Intergenerational Connections with Dr. Rob Winningham

“It’s all about executive functioning,” shared Dr. Rob Winningham, Director of the Masterpiece Academy and full professor at Western Oregon University, during a presentation on dual-tasking. Executive functioning is all about attention, inhibition, reasoning, problem solving, planning and memory. And, according to research, it can be improved through physical exercise. Dr. Winningham’s co-presenter, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurological Physical […]

Recognizing Gray Matter in March!

Brain Awareness Week runs March 12-18. The brain is the most complex organ in the human body, and there’s still much to learn about it. We do know that brain health is affected by many factors, such as mental stimulation, diet, exercise and socialization. What are you doing to support better brain health this week?

Masterpiece Living Names Dr. Rob Winningham the New Director of the Masterpiece Academy

The Masterpiece Academy was formed in 2008 to provide expert guidance, research and education to the rapidly changing field of aging. The Academy brings cutting edge information on successful aging to all audiences and is dedicated to keeping its partners current and informed. Academy educators are recognized leaders from the academic, health and business fields that include preventive medicine, gerontology, data and […]

Enhancing Brain Health: Don’t Stress About It!

“Merry Stressmas!” It should come as no surprise to learn that the holiday season (November through December) is often considered the sixth most stressful life event. Of people surveyed in a national study, 65% admitted to being anxious during the holidays, and 45% would rather skip it altogether. What can we do when the “most wonderful time of the year” […]