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Putting it all together

In Writing (all kinds) on October 21, 2017 at 3:00 AM

So is it just a matter of positive thinking? Hardly. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If you neglect the weak link it breaks. Thus you need to eat reasonably well. You need to keep yourself physically fit, including strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility. If you have any health problems, it is essential to address them with whatever it takes to lessen the problem. Once you have this basic foundation, mental factors become paramount.

Defy Aging has the research, theory, and how to for living well into your hundreds. It also shows you step-by-step how to develop a written plan for your life. Because so many people don’t read thick books, Brickey distilled the concepts in 52 baby steps to Grow Young. It gives two-page-a-week steps for being youthful every age. Or you can bypass your conscious mind and effortlessly absorb the concepts with his six hypnosis CDs, Reverse Aging: Hypnotic Journeys to Ageless Lifestyles. If you are serious about looking, feeling, and being as youthful as possible, you need all three so you understand the principles, put them into practice each week, and address both your conscious and unconscious mind. Defy Aging is also available on cassette tapes so you can learn while you drive or while you do the dishes.

You will also be getting a booster shot every two weeks from the Defy Aging Newsletter. You have a choice—to just go along with conventional thinking or to defy aging and live a long vital life. As Robert Frost put it:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. . . .
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The benefit is feeling younger and having a more youthful outlook. That shows in your face and your whole demeanor. When that happens people even treat you better. Plus, you live longer, healthier, and happier. And all it takes is learning your Anti-Aging ABCs™.

C is for Coping Skills

In Writing (all kinds) on October 20, 2017 at 3:00 AM

There are four key coping skills:
1. Continually renewing your sense of purpose
2. Having a serenity about the deaths of friends and family
3. Embracing lifelong learning and change
4. Developing and sustaining a rewarding marriage or dealing effectively with intimate relations beginning and ending

Consider one aspect of dealing with loved ones dying. If you are going to live well into your hundreds, a lot of people you love will die. If you have difficulty dealing with the losses, you become vulnerable to depression and health problems. Defy Aging has a whole chapter on strategies for dealing with death. Space only permits discussing Brickey’s personal favorite—what he calls the Fred Sanford strategy.

Remember the TV program, Sanford, and Sons? What would Fred do when he was having a tough time? He would hold one hand over his heart and have the other hand in the air and say, “Elizabeth, I’m coming, this is the big one (a heart attack).” Then he would carry on an imaginary conversation with her and receive love, comfort, support, understanding, and guidance. He knew her so well he knew what she would say. (He probably got along with her better after she died because he was a pretty cantankerous guy.)

Fred was a simple, uneducated person. If he can do it, you can do it. Seeing a deceased love one as an ongoing presence in your life is a very powerful way of dealing with the death.

There is a bonus benefit that comes with the strategy. In doing 30 some years of therapy with clients Brickey has often heard clients lament, “I wasn’t there when he died.” “He died when I left the room.” or “I never told him I loved him.” It was like there was a brief window of opportunity and it is gone forever. If he or she is an ongoing presence in your life, however, you have unlimited opportunities for unfinished business.

Belief #3. My mind gets richer and better with age

In Writing (all kinds) on October 19, 2017 at 3:00 AM

In the 1950’s researchers reported that you lose 100,000 brain cells a day and that senility is inevitable if you live to 100. Your brain has about a trillion neurons. Even if the 100,000 neurons a day were true, at 150 you would still have 99 per cent of your brain’s neurons. More precise research methodology and the use of computers, however, have discredited the dying cell research and yielded a more optimistic picture of aging. Recent research finds that you can grow new brain cells at any age.

Brickey often hear people make remarks such as, “My mind isn’t what it used to be.” It sounds harmless, but if you make remarks like that often enough you will come to believe them. Your mind is like a muscle. Use it and it grows strong. If idle, it withers. Research with nuns at a convent found that while they all had the same routine, ate the same food, etc., the nuns who were better educated or who continued learning were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Consider an analogy with computers. As you age your hard drives acquire a richer and richer data set. You also acquire a richer and richer collection of programs (software). Last year Brickey taught his teenage son how to drive. He thought it would be a snap with all the computer games he plays. It wasn’t. He said he couldn’t believe how complicated it was to watch the road in front and behind, the instrument panel, the signs, etc. Brickey suspects that when you drive, you are so bored you are also listening to radio, or talking with someone, or talking on your cell phone, or putting on makeup. Because you have a well-developed program for driving, you only need a small portion of your short-term memory to monitor what is happening. Programs are why a sixty-year-old experienced bridge player can run circles around someone who has only been playing for a few years. Her unconscious mind’s program catches the patterns.

It is true that as you age, your processing speed (megahertz) becomes a little slower. Would you really want to trade that richer hard drive and rich array of programs for the anemic hard drive and programs of a teenager just to get a faster processing speed? Not a good trade.

If you are inclined to make a remark like “I just can’t remember things very well anymore,” be kind to yourself and remember that you have much larger, richer data files to search than a younger person has. So it may take a little longer. You know a lot more Smiths and Jones and you have seen a lot more faces.

One of my pet peeves is “senior moments.” It says you are brain damaged so you aren’t even going to try to remember. Rather, ask yourself, am I stressed? tired? sleep deprived? taking medication? had a few drinks? Any of these keep your memory from being sharp. Tell yourself, “It will come to me.” That’s telling your unconscious mind to keep searching while you go on to other things. Often five minutes later the name comes to you. Sometimes a chance association will trigger the memory. Keep yourself in the game by trusting your memory.

Belief #2. I cultivate fond memories and let the bad ones wither (or better yet see the humor in them)

In Writing (all kinds) on October 18, 2017 at 3:00 AM

People tend to assume their memories just happen. Some default program just creates them. Actually, you create your memories every time you think of them. You pull up some information and construct the picture and words. If you rehearse the memory often enough, the memory will get burned in. With post traumatic stress disorder the events are so traumatic the memory gets burned in. Otherwise, you are the artist.

Belle Boone Beard’s research with centenarians found that they related twice as many positive memories as negative memories. It wasn’t that they had an easy life. They lived through the Great Depression, two World Wars, and most of the time did not have much money. She found that even when their lives had a lot of tragedy, they often focused on the positive, such as how kind people were to them. She observed, “In general centenarians can recall so many more pleasant memories that I wonder whether they may deliberately have repressed unhappy memories.”

Cultivating memories is like gardening. You need to nourish the good memories by telling the stories again and again with great enthusiasm and vivid details. Eventually, you will get so good at telling the stories that people will ask to hear them again and again.

You can choose to minimize and weed out the bad memories. People say “someday you’ll laugh about this.” Why wait? Most humor is based on painful events. Seeing the humor can take the sting out. Keeping the pain to yourself allows it to fester. When you share it with someone, it is much easier to get perspective and to see the humor. And humor makes for great stories.

B is for Beliefs

In Writing (all kinds) on October 17, 2017 at 3:00 AM

In modeling vital centenarians and studying the best psychology research, Brickey came up with 36 beliefs that foster living longer, healthier and happier. Hopefully, Brickey will discover even more. Let’s consider four of the 40 beliefs:

Belief: #1. I am many ages.

A librarian told him that she happened to mention to her staff that she was over 50. Suddenly they started treating her differently. “Brittney Spears, oh I’m sorry, you wouldn’t know who she is would you?” They started leaving her off committees. She was young at heart. They had arteriosclerosis of the attitudes.

When you tell someone your age, they pull out their stereotypes for that age and expect you to “Act your age.” Worse yet those stereotypes are based on how your parents’ and grandparents’ generations aged. So what should you say?

I think the best answer came from comedian Bob Hope. He describes himself as “many ages.” There are times when you want to get down on the floor and play with little kids like you are a little kid yourself. There are times when you want to have a teenage rhythm to relate well to teens or just to have fun. And there are times when you want to draw upon your years of experience for sagely wisdom. The trick is time traveling to whatever the occasion calls for. The beauty is that the older you get, the richer your repertoire becomes.

There is an interesting bonus benefit. When you meet new people you often get routine questions such as “What do you do for a living?” Often they get to the end of their list, don’t know what more to say, and move on. Tell someone you are many ages and you not only avoid being stereotyped, you get an interesting conversation that goes deeper than the usual questions and answers.

A is for Attitudes

In Writing (all kinds) on October 15, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Brickey studied vital centenarians, people 100+ years old who dance, sculpt, do well in sports, conduct symphony orchestras, run for Congress, write best sellers, do math in their heads, and even fly airplanes. They had little in common physically. They almost all shared four attitudes: optimism, gratitude, dealing with it, and embracing lifelong learning and change. You might call these the ‘BeAttitudes.’ Let’s consider optimism.

Imagine a football coach getting the team ready for a game. The coach tells the team the opponent outweighs them and is a 15 point favorite. His chances of winning are slim–but let’s play ball. Being brutally objective makes for good science but is not the most effective way to play sports or to live your life. There is a wealth of research that indicates optimists live longer, healthier, happier lives. For example:

● When West Point studied why nearly 10 per cent of their 1,200 member freshman classes dropped out within the first month, they found most of the drop outs were pessimists.
● Pennsylvania State University freshmen who were optimists were more likely to have better first semester grades than their high school grades and SAT aptitude tests suggested. Pessimistic freshmen were more likely to have lower grades than expected and more likely to drop-out.
● When Metropolitan Life Insurance Company included optimism in their selection process for life insurance agents; the agents they chose sold more insurance and stayed with the company longer.
● A long-term study of male Harvard graduates found most were in reasonably good health until age 45 when the men who were pessimistic at 25 began having significantly more health problems than the men who were optimistic at 25. The difference became even more pronounced at 60. While the Harvard research looked at many factors, optimism was the strongest predictor of health after 45.
● Athletes and teams that made optimistic statements to the press were more likely to increase their winning percentage and or beat the point spreads.
● Politicians who were more optimistic than their opponents were more likely to win elections.
● Optimists who developed cancer or had heart attacks had better survival rates than patients who are not optimistic.

Many people think of optimism in terms of positive thinking and affirmations, e.g., Emile Coue’s “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.” or thinking of a glass as half full rather than half empty. Brickey finds these global approaches do not work for most people.

The seminal researcher in optimism, Martin Seligman, described optimism as how you think about the causes of good things and bad things that happen to us, your “explanatory style.” Optimists bias their interpretations of events in a way that protects their egos and gives them hope to keep on trying. Pessimists have a neutral posture or a negative bias.

Benefits of Staying Young and Healthy

In Writing (all kinds) on October 14, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Edited by Donna Kakonge

You have many more years of feeling great in your body. This will allow you to have more energy to do what you love and to pursue your dreams.

You can learn all the time by taking one of my courses and discover new things, new people, new foods, new countries and anything else your heart desires.

Learning the habits, lifestyles, cultures, foods, and dances of a multicultural world will help you to stay young. Contributing your gifts and talents to the community and to the world will help you to leave a legacy on this planet and to enjoy your retirement.

Releasing old beliefs, personal growth and learning new attitudes will help you to get the best out of the next 30 years of your life. This will be discussed later in the e-book.

Of course, keeping fit, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually are also important and will be discussed later in this e-book.

Living your true purpose and becoming the person you are is another topic covered in this e-book.

Living fully in this life, loving immensely, fulfilling all aspects of your life responsibly will allow you to do all that you want so you don’t have to come back to fulfill the dreams left behind.

Let’s begin on this journey…

Michael Brickey, Ph.D., writes about the three most important secrets to youthful life and a young mind. He’s America’s Anti-Aging Psychologist.

He says the challenge is focusing on the end in mind and how you would like to be now tomorrow and when you’re 100. The desire for you is to be mentally sharp, physically fit and passionate.

“If you want it, you need to believe it, desire it, and attract it,” Brickey says.

You are not alone in your desire to slow the aging process. A U.S. Census Bureau states Baby Boomers hate to age. In 2000, the U.S. had 72,000 centenarians, people 100 years and older. The Census Bureau predicts 1.2 million centenarians in 2050 and 1.87 million centenarians in 2060 (when just the first four years of Baby Boomers have turned 100). That’s enough people for a good sized city.

Brickey says the Census Bureau is underestimating the number of centenarians the U.S. will have. Some will still be healthy. Some will be in wheelchairs and nursing homes. Barring any accidents, being healthy and happy in your retirement years is largely up to you.

“Research shows that as people get older, they become happier,” says Brickey. “In their twenties, only 28 per cent of Americans said they were happy. The percentage keeps going up with age. In their seventies, 38 per cent of Americans say they are happy. While many romanticize their younger years, for most of us our teens and twenties were a time of great insecurity and anxiety. As they get older, most people become clearer about who they are, what they want, and how to achieve it.”

Many of you may be looking for ways to stay young in the wrong places. You may be watching MTV, playing video games, drinking with your buddies from high school or college or indulging in plastic surgery.

Michael Brickey has three secrets to really fight aging he calls your Anti-Aging ABCs™. They’re based on Attitudes, Beliefs and Coping Skills.

“The good news is the ABCs are all skills you can learn–many very quickly and easily,” Brickey says.

What Happened to the Afro?

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Technology, Video Work on June 19, 2017 at 3:00 AM

My hair obsession that has turned into a hair acceptance also turned into a book called What Happened to the Afro? Here is some video taken in Uganda in 1996 or 1997 of a braiding session going on in Kampala. You can buy the book at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.:

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Random Bibliography of Media Books and Internet Resources – Free Download

In book reviews, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 18, 2017 at 3:00 AM
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I have a new book out called Random Bibliography of Media Books and Internet Resources. It is meant as a study aid for students of media and a refresher for professionals of media. You can buy the paperback or download it for FREE at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

Binary Groove – Gemini Nominated in 1995

In Culture, Education, Entertainment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Technology, travel, Video Work on June 17, 2017 at 3:00 AM

This educational pilot computer show called “Binary Groove” aired in 1995 and was nominated for a Gemini Award. Enjoy the show and for more education stories, check out my book The Education Generation. As well, you would also be interested in Journalism Stories Collection. Both can be bought, plus many other books at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

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Afro Forever: Research Paper on Salon Utopia for the M.A. in Media Studies at Concordia University

In Beauty, book reviews, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 8, 2017 at 3:00 AM
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Donna Kay Cindy Kakonge

Advisor: Dr. Martin Allor

Committee member: Dr. Kim Sawchuk

Outside Examiner: Dr. Lorna Roth

August 12, 1999

Afro Forever

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My Books for Librarians to Purchase and for You to Borrow From the Library

In Writing (all kinds) on April 18, 2017 at 10:48 AM

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Books You Can Buy With Free Life Coaching

In book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Education, Events, Health, Living, Writing (all kinds) on November 7, 2016 at 3:00 AM
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Donna Kakonge has written 25 books that you can choose from along with FREE  life coaching for your challenges in life. You can contact her at: dkakonge@sympatico.ca to find out more.

New Book – Listening to Music

In Entertainment, Music, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on October 14, 2016 at 3:00 AM
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Donna Kakonge has a new book that can bought on the Lulu.com E-store. The site is: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged. The book is called Listening to Music and features the experience of listening to Erykah Badu, Sting and India.Arie.

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Young Black Women in Toronto High Schools – Buy on Lulu.com Today

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This research fills the gaps in the literature surrounding the career aspirations of Black female high school students in Canada. The literature surrounds five key factors regarding career aspirations, educational programs that help young Black females to succeed in high school, the portrayal of Black women in the media and the history of Black women and work. The conceptual framework is based on four key concepts of spirit, motivation, self-esteem and identity. The methodology of this research is based on qualitative narrative case studies of 10 student participants, three parents and eight community members. Along with the qualitative narrative case study approach, a culturally holistic approach to data collection are included.  In order to build on the gaps in the research on Black female high school students’ career aspirations, I focus on three major research questions. What are the challenges that are faced by the student participants in order to succeed during and after high school? Linking with the first question, what are the self-help strategies the student participants use to facilitate their roads to success in and out of high school? Finally, what and where are the community supports for young Black females and their career aspirations through arts-focused community centres?  There are also three sub-questions associated with the three major research questions. The first is, what support are they getting from their families to meet their career goals? The second is, what does this mean to us as educators? The third is, what is the significance of this research as it links to the conceptual framework? Read the rest of this entry »

Options for homes (originally published with New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine

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Mike Labbé – President of Options

Options for Homes – Making Home Ownership a Reality – October 2005 – published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine

Bring a community together from the ground up and give them what they need to own a home seems to sum up the Options for Homes belief system. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twelve New Donna Kakonge Books Available Published This Year

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM

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PRAISE FOR SUCCESS Unique approach to limning through the letters, words, and spaces on the page to convey the personal narratives of an array of women and men for whom praise follows success. The author, Kakonge, conducts a series of interviews with individuals as diverse as creative souls – singers, dancers, writers, even creative entrepreneurs – and providers of seemingly prosaic medical services as well as personal coaches and motivational speakers. Their lived experiences reflected upon, lessons learned and goals, both personal and professional achieved; their talents met reality and vanquished all. Truly inspiring for those seeking change. – Dr. Marion Gold, ABD, Hag and Crone

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