so funny. I am constantly (not only thankful) for my children, my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren, my great-grandchildren, my friends, my home in beautiful Taos County, the good deal I found in my car, the mountains there and thank you so much. Other things. I thank St. Anthony every time he finds something for me – and as I write my monthly article, I am grateful to have published my column for 12 years.

I thank my mind every day for working for me again after suffering from the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s for many years. Fortunately, the physical / mental / spiritual exercises program I started in 2004 worked! Just this month I will be celebrating my 85th birthday this month and even though I have the Alzheimer’s disease (APO-e4), my intellect is still impaired. Very good, I think.

But… My prayer of thanks for my intellect is gone some time ago and now I take my brain for granted. So, as a reminder to myself, and if this applies to you, let’s review some ways to be kind to our minds.

Advances in brain imaging and neuroscience have enabled scientists to learn more about the brain and how it works. Contrary to popular belief, scientific studies on neuroplasticity have shown that the brain can develop new neurons and reverse cognitive impairment no matter how old we are.

Researchers at the University of Kansas know that more exercise can make your mind healthier, but there is better news. Studies show that your brain can perform better when it has its own fitness program, by developing a new industry – neurobics, for brain activity. Neurobics take on mental exercises, including brainstorming, Sudoku and puzzles.

It is very easy to fall into the habit of doing the same things and not trying new things. Common actions and thoughts are so automated that most of our functions are controlled by ‘muscle memory’ and we do it unknowingly. To activate new brain circuits, we need to do something new to stimulate our brain chemistry; For example, learning to eat with our bare hands or playing a musical instrument. Remember, remember, remember. Do the math in your head. Learn a new language. Duolingo.comBite-sized language lessons are fun, easy and 100 percent free. And thank you for your mind many times.

One more thing: Please support local artists by shopping at the Stables Gallery from November 19 to December 24 at the TAOS FOLK pop-up shop. It is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday until 1 p.m. Purchases are free of charge for you. Memory cards, cups, and blankets of my artwork will be with my books in the store. I hope to find you there.