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An Intelligent Woman Can Really Boost A Man’s Health, Here’s Why

An Intelligent Woman Can Really Boost A Man’s Health, Here’s Why

Are you a guy worried about developing Alzheimer’s disease as you get older? There are lots of things you can do to help reduce your risk. Plenty of exercise, a healthy diet rich in foods like fresh vegetables and fatty fish and an active social life can keep your mind healthy as you age. But here’s some interesting news: your choice of a spouse can also have an affect on whether or not you experience cognitive problems like memory loss.

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    Professor Discusses Importance of Intelligent Wives

    Dr. Lawrence Whalley is a professor emeritus at the University of Aberdeen and is considered to be one of the world’s experts on the aging of the brain. He is also the author of the book Understanding Brain Aging and Dementia and recently gave a talk at the Oxford Literary Festival.

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    It was here that he discussed the research that has found a link between men who marry intelligent women and the staving off of Alzheimer’s disease. Apparently, the intellectual stimulation that an intelligent women provides her spouse – such as good conversation and stimulating activities – helps the brain to avoid the loss of memory and other cognitive skills that go along with the disease process.

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      While Dr. Whalley has pioneered studies to link the reduction of Alzheimer’s risk with the intelligence of a patient’s partner, the idea of intellectual stimulation staving off cognitive decline is not a new one. It is, rather, part of an important, growing body of evidence which suggests that a vigorous intellectual life can, in fact, act as a buffer between Alzheimer’s disease and the brain. For instance:

      • A Chinese study conducted throughout Western Asian found that Asian adults who lived in intellectually stimulating environments generally faired better than who did not have this stimulation; the men in stimulating environments were more likely to fair better on a number of important tests to measure mental function.
      • Another study found a link between high education levels and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s. Researchers speculated that this was because of the intellectual stimulation that a good education can provide.

      In short, while there, of course, many reasons guys out there should choose your wives carefully, this is probably one of the best. The intellectual stimulation that a good spouse can provide can not only add entertainment but the intellectual stimulation needed by the brain to ward off disease and cognitive decline that can help first and keep one’s mind sharp well into old age.

      Featured photo credit: Adriana Velásquez via unsplash.com

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      Last Updated on February 18, 2019

      Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

      Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

      The ability to reinvent and redefine yourself is a bold, daring and purposeful choice. It doesn’t just happen. You have to make a conscious, intentional choice and then follow through.

      If the thought of forging a new path, changing habits, thought patterns and your inner circle of friends scares you – you’re not alone. Change can be a very scary thing. It takes courage, fortitude and a bit of faith to decide to shed your old self and don a new persona. However, it is one of the most critical processes one must repeatedly endure in the pursuit of destiny. Change unlocks new levels of potential.

      The Need for Change

      Everyday when we wake up, we make a decision. We decide to follow our routine or we decide to go off script and shake things up a bit. For those who are creatures of habit, routine is comfortable, easy and produces very little stress. The problem with this is, after a while you stop growing.

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      We all reinvent ourselves at some point in our lives. It is absolutely necessary to achieve certain levels of success.

      Reflect back on who you were as a teenager and then who you were at 25. Those are two very different people. Most of us are completely different. Your thought patterns changed, your appearance, job, level of education and even your friends– changed. We like to refer to this as “growing up” or maturing and consider it to be one of life’s natural progressions. However the changes you made were purposeful and deliberate.

      This process must be a lifelong and continuous cycle. You are never too old to refresh yourself.

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        Signs It’s Time to Redefine

        “Just as established products and brands need updating to stay alive and vibrant, you periodically need to refresh or reinvent yourself.”– Mireille Guiliano

        So how do you know when it’s time for a system upgrade? There are signs along the way that alert you that it is time for an overhaul. The first sign is the feeling of being stuck. If you feel like you are in a rut, you’re bored with life or you need some newness and excitement, a self reinvention may be in order. Re-evaluate your life vision and your goals. Is that vision still valid and are your goals consistent with your vision and–are they achievable? If you are off course, it’s time for a change. If you are not moving forward and making progress, it’s time for a change.

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        In life, there’s no such thing as neutrality–you’re either moving forward or you are moving backward. Time constantly moves forward and if you are standing still, you are actually losing ground. No matter your age or stage in life– there is always room for improvement.

        “You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis

        The second sign that you are due for a change is the occurrence of major life events in which change is forced upon you. Getting married, starting a new job, being promoted, ending a relationship, becoming a parenting or relocating are all prime opportunities to completely overhaul your life.

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        When these major shifts occur in your life–you have to shift with them. You can’t have a single mentality and have a successful marriage. You can’t remain selfish and irresponsible, and raise a healthy, well-adjusted child. You can’t be promoted to a supervisory position and keep the same subordinate attitude. Each level of success requires something different from you.

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          Consider, for a moment, Arnold Schwarzenegger. People may have different opinions about his character and some of his life choices, but he is a master at reinventing himself. He achieved the ultimate success as a professional body builder by earning the title “Mr. Universe” three times. He then earned a tremendous amount of fame and fortune in the entertainment industry making action/adventure films. And in his latest role, he served two terms as the Governor of California. He succeeded as a professional body builder, a film star and a politician. Each role required massive amounts of change, commitment, strength and hard work.

          And if Arnold can do it…so can you!

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