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Holly Erskine

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Want to knit stronger neurons? Crafts can help. I don't know how to knit. I have on occasion been known to mess around with a crochet hook though. After doing this for a few days, I will proudly show off the result to my husband. "It's a rectangle!" I say importantly.   [Read more...]

Holly Erskine

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Who writes lists on old-fashioned paper? We do! Movie making requires lists. (Scripts, equipment lists, cast and crew contacts, audio files, video files, and now that we possess DVDs, invoices, retailers, customers, theaters, employees, etc.) Research backs up the notion that paper list-making helps your memory, even if you never glance at your list again.
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Holly Erskine

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

I've taken an unintended break from writing this column–which I love and miss!–to fly to Colorado. I've been caring for my mother, who has dementia. For those of you who know me, my preoccupation with researching methods to protect the aging brain is no secret. Some people may be tempted to buy brain training programs.  [Read more...]

Holly Erskine

Friday, April 29, 2016

I've been writing down my dreams for years. I'm hooked. I love recalling my dreams but I can't exactly explain why I love it so. Most mornings I'll recollect at least a few tidbits, but on mornings where get up too quickly, details fade swiftly. Mornings where I wake with nothing to report leave me feeling let down, wanting.   [Read more...]

Holly Erskine

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Here I am on my morning run, half-listening my favorite medical podcasts, and half-wondering what to write about for my column this week. (Yes, my attention skills need work, but honestly, a lot of these medical journal summaries are mind-numbingly dull. I mean, how many varieties of prostate screening do I want to learn about when I don't even own a prostate?)   [Read more...]

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