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Host Dr. Andrea Wilkinson has a PhD in Psychology, with a specialization in Cognitive Aging. She has been studying brain fitness and cognitive maintenance for over 15 years. The BrainShape Podcast discusses the hottest issues, topics, interests and concerns related to healthy aging and brain health for aging adults, older adults, seniors and baby boomers who want to learn about how to stay mentally and physically engaged for as long as possible. What are the tips and techniques that promote ...
 
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Many people suffer from chronic pain. It is estimated that one in five people live with chronic pain – but the numbers are likely even higher than that. Healing the body and maximizing recovery potential is of the utmost importance. But for those who suffer from pain (whether chronic or acute), managing discomfort can often feel out of reach. Findi…
 
Are you struggling with content overload or feeling overwhelmed? Feeling swamped with information and can't get ahead? Then you don’t want to miss today’s conversation. When you feel like you are under a mountain of information, getting your mind clear and focused can be challenging. To help you understand the meaning of coaching, listen in as I ta…
 
Practicing gratitude is NOT about constantly feeling happy or ignoring the bad feelings that invariably come up in life. You are a human, after all, and for better or worse, this human experience brings with it a vast array of emotions. Gratitude is about shifting your attention to the moments of joy, love, and happiness that happen throughout the …
 
What is underlying your insatiable food cravings? Eating to suppress unpleasant emotions is extremely common. The first step to getting a handle on unwanted cravings and emotional eating is awareness. Can you be honest with yourself about what is triggering your behaviour? When you eat to avoid unwanted feelings, you're often left feeling worse tha…
 
Sleep rejuvenates the brain and body. It helps with memory consolidation as well as emotional regulation. On average, humans require about 7-9 hours of sleep each night - growth hormones are excreted, the body cleans itself and cells are rejuvenated. If you’re not getting the right amount of sleep that your specific body needs, you can be left feel…
 
Brain fog, hot flashes, and insomnia are all common symptoms reported by women as they go through the various stages of menopause. The hormonal changes that take place during this time drastically impact a woman’s brain and body. Being armed with the right information and tools to help you have a midlife refuel - can be transformative. Tune in to l…
 
The human body is a whole, interconnected system. Keeping your body in balance is a cornerstone of health, and your gut is a key player. One of the reasons the gut is so foundational to health is because the gut is the primary centre for the immune system. Inflammation that starts in the gut can affect your entire body – or become “system-wide.” Tu…
 
With 2022 right around the corner, it is the perfect time to determine what matters to you most and how you are going to go about achieving it. If you're struggling with constant stress + overwhelm, can’t get a good night’s sleep, or want to boost your motivation and mental focus, listen up. To help my clients achieve their goals and show up for th…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 10 of our Back to Life: Finding Fulfillment Podcast. I'm very excited to spend some time telling you about my upcoming book, Taking the Sh*t Out of the Show. I spent the better half of 2021 writing this book and it launches on October 21st. Taking the Sh*t Out of the Show was birthed from real life stories and situation…
 
Film is a powerful medium that can open us up to new experiences, new cultures and new perspectives. Film is a portal that can help entrench us in the experiences of others – and by doing so – can help us cultivate a deeper understanding of what others may be going through. A film can even help illuminate the journey that we – ourselves – are navig…
 
Talking about aged care homes (assisted living or long-term care) is not often at the top of people’s lists. But some important considerations need to be discussed with your loved ones ahead of time to ensure that your care needs and desires are adequately met. Care homes are designed to take care of people’s needs when they (or their loved ones) c…
 
The choices and behaviours that you engage in daily impact how your body functions as a system. For example, sugar triggers the release of dopamine in the brain – which feels good. But, over time, your dopamine system can get reset – resulting in dopamine levels that dip below the baseline and lead to sugar cravings. By taking care of your health –…
 
Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Every year on September 21, World Alzheimer's Day is commemorated to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Lancet publications (2017 & 2020) identified 12 major risk factors for dementia, including: less education, hypertension (high blood pressure), hearing impairment, smok…
 
Your mindset consists of a series of perceptions and beliefs that you hold about yourself. What you believe about your abilities and your capacity to learn + grow will ultimately dictate how much you can evolve in this life. The concept of fixed vs. growth mindset was first introduced by Carol S. Dweck in her seminal book: "Mindset: The new Psychol…
 
39% of Americans have reported they are more anxious today than this time last year and my guest today has a really good strategy for how we can address this. I’m so excited to introduce you to my guest, Shannon Paterson. Shannon is a three-time Ironman world champion triathlete certified professional trainer and multi-sport coach. She is also a me…
 
A habit is formed when a behaviour becomes automatic and takes place without much conscious thought or effort. In this way, habits play a significant role in your life because your brain thrives off of automaticity. If your mind can set something on default, it will – because the more you put on your mental plate, the more overwhelmed your brain wi…
 
Rowing is a full-body workout that increases endurance and boosts aerobic performance all while being easy on your joints. “Rowing is for EVERY body. It will meet you where you are and take you where you want to go” - UCanRow2. One of the most beautiful aspects of rowing is that it takes away the comparison dimension of fitness, which keeps many pe…
 
A coach can help you integrate new information for sustainable lifestyle changes. What most people don’t realize is that information is not sufficient – you need to be able to incorporate novel knowledge into your everyday life. A coach can help you identify and work through the barriers that are keeping you from achieving your goals. Tune in to li…
 
Did you know that 46% of men over 40 years old are overweight? That's almost half! Welcome to Season 2, Episode 8 of Finding Fulfillment After 50. Today’s guest is Dr. Anthony Balduzzi, founder of the Fit Father and Fit Mother Project. His whole mission is to help men and women over 40 prepare for life “over the hill” by becoming healthier and stro…
 
Most self-help books focus on thinking your way to happiness + success; but, Feeling Forwards is a book that talks about how to harness the power of your emotions to help you bring the reality you desire into your life. The book, “Feeling Forwards,” teaches us all about the unique concept of harnessing emotions to bend time and to help you bring a …
 
How do you measure your mental health? Mental health includes your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how you think, feel, and act. And it can also help determine how you handle stress. Mental health isn’t static. It can ebb and flow given the life circumstances that you are currently trying to manage. Identifying your own …
 
Listen to Dr. Andrea's interview with Sherry Jibb for her "Happy & Healthy in Midlife Summit." A favourite part was talking about how feelings of overwhelm cue your brain to go into protector mode. Use the science of how your brain works to overcome feelings of overwhelm so you can take on your *big* goals and aspirations. Your brain will always tr…
 
Welcome to another episode of our Back to Life Podcast: Finding Fulfillment After 50. If you're like me, you've probably said to yourself more than once, “ I wish I could just find my purpose”. Well, if you're interested in your purpose, you should make the time to listen to this podcast! I was introduced to Laurie Saitz by a friend of mine and whe…
 
Optimize Your Energy is Dr. Andrea's new 8-week online course where she'll be taking a small group of new students through her signature methodology – the Brain Vitality Method. She'll teach you how to craft your lifestyle and daily habits to cultivate the energy and mental vibrancy you need for Phase II. Tune in to learn more! To join the early-bi…
 
Sleep plays a foundational role in your overall health. Yet, there remains a low diagnosis and treatment rate of sleep apnea (a common sleep disorder). Tune in to learn about the links between sleep disorders, joint pain (such as TMJ; temporomandibular joint disorder), and migraines. Our guest, Dr. Dave Shirazi, specializes in treating TMJ and slee…
 
What you eat (and don’t eat) plays a crucial role in the health of your brain. A large (and growing) body of research has linked specific dietary patterns - found in the Mediterranean and MIND diets - to protecting the brain and preserving mental functions with increasing age. Tune in to learn all about the vital nutrients you should be consuming t…
 
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 6 of our Back to Life: Finding Fulfillment After 50 Podcast. I'm very excited for you to meet our guest today, Coach Geno Auriemma! Coach Geno Auriemma has been the head basketball coach for the women's program at the University of Connecticut for over 30 years. His achievements include: The highest winning percentage a…
 
Human DNA is a vibrant molecule that moves all the time, opening and closing, turning on and off genes, and generally sensing and responding to the environment. How well your DNA is functioning relates to the speed at which you age biologically. What can you do to support your DNA so that works optimally for as long as possible? Tune in to learn ab…
 
“Aging well” is an all-encompassing term that is defined as a holistic approach to growing older. It includes not only taking care of your physical body and your mind – but also your soul. According to our guest, Angela G. Gentile, there are ten dimensions of wellness that can be assessed and examined to optimize how you’re feeling on a daily basis…
 
Have you ever struggled to lose weight? Most people have been dissatisfied with their bodies at some point in their lives and have tried to lose weight using a "calories in vs. calories out" approach. However, most people don't realize that their body is always seeking balance. So, if you eat fewer calories than your body needs to function, it will…
 
Thanks for tuning into the Back to Life: Finding Fulfillment After 50 Podcast. Today, I am honored to talk with Grammy Nominee, John Ondrasik, who is known by his stage name Five for Fighting, is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, record producer, and philanthropist. In this episode, John and I discuss what the past 16 months have been like fo…
 
Staying socially and physically active is a cornerstone of health and well-being. When COVID-19 became a global pandemic, most people experienced a change in their daily routines and habits. But, the impact of social isolation on older adults - in particular - has been profound. How are you staying active and making an effort to maintain your menta…
 
Your mental resources are limited. What are you doing that either preserves or drains the quality of your mental energy and vibrancy? In this episode, Dr. Andrea covers three tips you can use to help preserve your mental energy: 1. Monitor your consumption; 2. Do an energy audit; and 3. Implement healthy lifestyle behaviours. Tune in to learn more …
 
Tapping (or Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a tool used to help reduce emotional distress, worry, stress, etc. This technique involves using your fingertips to tap along specific points on the body (primarily on the head and face) in a particular sequence. While tapping, the individual focuses on the issues they wish to address. Meridian tapping i…
 
Everything is energy. The sun, the stars and the earth are all energy. You are energy, and the flow of energy between you and your surroundings is constant. Your energy is being exchanged with every breath, feeling, and heartbeat. When you feel love ~ that is energy. It has been said that love is the frequency of the universe. Love transcends time …
 
How can you leverage the power of bioenergetics to improve your health and help you get into a “Thrive State”? There are seven critical elements of bioenergetics that work together to optimize how your cells function. They include: Sleep, Nutrition, Movement, Stress Management, Mindset, Relationships, and Purpose. Tune in to learn more about bioene…
 
Welcome to the Back to Life: Finding Fulfillment after 50 Podcast. Today, I’m onsite in Pottsville, Pennsylvania at the D.G. Yuengling & Son Brewery where I’m talking with current owner, Dick Yuengling, about building a beer empire and how he still finds fulfillment in the day-to-day operation of the business after over 36 years of ownership, and a…
 
In this episode, we share the audio from an interview Dr. Andrea did on the Create Up Podcast with Will Ennis. Create Up is a podcast where Will shares unfiltered conversations and stories with a roster of talented musicians, directors, comedians and more. In Dr. Andrea’s discussion with Will, she talks about getting out of your comfort zone, the p…
 
In this episode, we share audio from one of Dr. Andrea’s past workshops where she talked all about brain resilience + creativity. Specifically, Dr. Andrea covers what you can do to cultivate a dynamically wired brain and how to protect it. She also explores the role of creativity in building and maintaining a resilient brain. Tune in to learn more …
 
In this episode, Dr. Wieland discusses what she calls her “Core 4” of performance she’s developed through her sports training and shares her personal experience of how the strong mindset she developed through her athletic career propelled her forward after she was sexually assaulted. You’ll hear Dr. Andrea talk about how we can practice using feeli…
 
Many people are navigating (or have navigated) the journey of caring for aging parents and their own children at the same time. Understanding the struggles and the growth opportunities that are found within the sandwich generation can be tremendously beneficial. How can you check in with yourself and give yourself the empathy, flexibility, and care…
 
The Brain Vitality Blueprint (BvB) is Dr. Andrea Wilkinson’s 90-day signature methodology that teaches you how to craft your lifestyle + mindset to increase your physical energy and mental vibrancy (www.brainshape.ca/blueprint). In this episode, a past BvB client joins us to share her experiences working with Dr. Andrea 1-on-1, the struggles she fa…
 
In this episode, we cover how to take the control back in your life and create your next best chapter. Where do you start? How can you begin to identify the blocks and barriers that are keeping you from showing up as the best version of you? Rediscovering who you are and transforming your life while in the midst of a transition is possible with the…
 
Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain outcome to happen; but, hope is more than a wish. It takes both positive feelings and inspired actions. Hope plays a crucial role in our health + well-being and can be cultivated through intentional action. Tune in to learn about the power of hope and how to bring more of it into your life. …
 
The Brain Vitality Blueprint (BvB) is my 90-day signature methodology to help you improve your mental vibrancy + physical energy through the integration of a healthy lifestyle. Together we optimize your daily habits and get to the root cause of the mindset blocks that are getting in the way of you showing up as the best version of you in Phase II. …
 
In this episode, we share some of the audio from a past workshop where Dr. Andrea outlines the fundamentals of memory and how it works. She also covers how the memory centre of your brain (called the hippocampus) changes with age and the lifestyle factors that impact this special part of your brain. To get the most up-to-date information on virtual…
 
Everyone’s health journey is different. Some are at the beginning stages, while others have been on their health journey for many months, years, or decades. Regardless of where you are on the journey, one thing remains constant across all individuals – dedication. Every day you have to make the conscious choice to put in the effort. Health doesn’t …
 
What are essential oils, and how do they impact health? Essential oils are concentrated natural extracts derived from plants, and they have been used since the beginning of human history for different purposes. Tune in to learn how essential oils can be used to positively impact your health – including calming your nervous system and optimizing you…
 
As grim as it may sound, passing and death are things that one needs to prepare for in life. This doesn’t only talk about wills, managing inheritance, and such. To prepare for such a thing is to be comfortable with life in every aspect, including the possibility of dying. With that opened sense, one begins to truly live life and not just live life …
 
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