Sharlet M. Briggs PhD – Blog

  • Relieve Stress

    Find ways to shed your stress: Some people like to take a walk, others take a few moments to find a quiet place, still others pray and others enjoy spending time with friends.   Whatever way you choose to relieve stress do it…long-term stress harms both the body and the brain....

  • Find Your Purpose

    Find something to live for beyond your work. Research show that a sense of purpose is worth up to seven years of extra life expectancy.   Why I wake up every morning and stay healthy is to see my children and grandchildren! I don’t get to see them every day (my son lives in a different country) but I  stay healthy and strong for the opportunity to see them!  Besides we can always SKYPE!...

  • Move

    People who live longer move! So move!  I don’t mean pack up where you live and move, but constantly walk  where you might have taken a car. Walk to a friends house, walk to the mailbox, walk to the store, and take walks around your neighborhood. You get it–move and live longer!...

  • Transform Your Health

    Our grandparents didn’t exercise but they burned five times as many calories  in their daily activities of work and life.   What does that say about us? Do we lack the ability to get off the couch that our forefathers had? Do we care less about our health? Of course not. Through the ages we have gone from an environment where we had to work for our food and scarcity to one of abundance and ease. The question boils down to: How can we make the most of this abundance......

  • Ultimately, It’s Your Experience That Matters.

    To be sure, we’re proud of Longevity Lifestyle Matters. But, to us, what really matters is your experience.   We have put together a program with the brain front and center. So, go ahead, enjoy yourself with great social opportunities, learn a different way to eat, exercise your brain and body, and savor every day.   We invite you to check out the other books that we have written and to visit all the blogs and articles. Today is my birthday and I am so enjoying experiencing life!...

  • To Supplement or Not?

    If your journey has ever taken you down the supplements aisle at your local market and you had questions like, “What should I take?” or “Do they do what they say they do?” “Is one brand better than other?”–your not alone.   Nutritional knowledge can be as elusive as a horse out of its corral, even for the pros.  There is no shortage of information and studies, but most don’t note any significant long-term positive effects of taking supplements and indeed, some have a negative effect.   Sure, they say they’re......

  • Try It, You Might Like It!

    There’s no doubt that we know more about preventing injury and illness than they did, say 50 plus years ago. For example, hopping on a single gear or if you were lucky a three-speed Schwinn bike heading down a steep hill trying to stay upright while avoiding a gaggle of kids, and once at the bottom turning around and riding back up the hill was thrilling–but dangerous.   Today you can be a safer rider.  Protect their brain with a helmet, suit up with UV-blocking pants that won’t get caught in the......

  • Sun – Could Cost You Down the Line

    Remember the days of health tans? People basked around pools, hiked a trail on a lazy afternoon, and golfers spent 18 holes without sunscreen. If you were one of the many who enjoyed the sun unprotected you may be paying the price today with skin damage. So, what can happen if we don’t mind our sun exposure? The most common kind of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma, which is identified on spot exposed to the sun over the course of time – the face, the ears, temples, neck, nose and head. Catch it......

  • Knowledge is Power

    Some of you may read this blog and feel smug. You have great blood pressure, BMI, your diet impeccable and you wonder when you look around how other people your age got so decrepit while you’re still young and spry.   Some of you won’t read this blog unless someone send you a link. And some of you may suspect that you have every disease you read about and death is just around the corner.   As a wise friend of my once said “knowledge is power.”   She is......

  • Help Yourself

    In 1979 there was a wonderful study completed by a Harvard Professor by the name of Langer. She recruited eight men who were in their 70’s who were neither healthy nor unhealthy for a five day retreat. These age-appropriate men, slow, bent, and easily fatigued were shown vintage TV programs from 1959, listened to music from that era, and overall treated as if they were still in 1959. No one offered to carry their bags in or fetch them something to drink or a blanket. They kept their topic to......