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MINDRAMP PODCAST - LIVE LONG, LIVE WELL

Michael C Patterson

There's a good chance you could live to be 100 years old! Are you ready for the marathon journey? Do you have a plan to maintain your quality-of-life across your full longevity - what we call "Qualongevity?" You can do nothing and take your chances. Or, you can be proactive and take control of your future by using science-based interventions to lower your risks and optimize your protections. Start now! No matter your age, the sooner you start training for the longevity marathon, the better off you will be. Give yourself the best shot of maintaining health, happiness, meaning and purpose NOW and throughout the long and prosperous life you design.

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COVID CABIN FEVER: MINDRAMP's Virtual Cognitive Activity Design project.
Feb 24 2020
COVID CABIN FEVER: MINDRAMP's Virtual Cognitive Activity Design project.
This special episode features clips from a radio interview conducted by Robin Gun for her radio show in Oklahoma city. MINDRAMP co-founders Roger Anunsen and Michael C. Patterson are featured monthly on Gunn's Oklahoma Senior Journal, discussing various aspects of positive aging and brain health. This episode focuses on MINDRAMP's Virtual Cognitive Activity Design project (VCAD), which MINDRAMP is now offering for free on our website at www.mindramp.or. The project is designed to help professional and family caregivers to continue serving older adults within the stay-at-home constraints imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. VCAD provides a system for design and implement engaging activities for older adults that: a) promote brain health, and b) take full advantage of virtual communication mechanisms like phones, radio, and virtual meetings on Zoom or Facetime.
COVID CABIN FEVER: MINDRAMP's Virtual Cognitive Activity Design project.
Feb 24 2020
COVID CABIN FEVER: MINDRAMP's Virtual Cognitive Activity Design project.
This special episode features clips from a radio interview conducted by Robin Gun for her radio show in Oklahoma city. MINDRAMP co-founders Roger Anunsen and Michael C. Patterson are featured monthly on Gunn's Oklahoma Senior Journal, discussing various aspects of positive aging and brain health. This episode focuses on MINDRAMP's Virtual Cognitive Activity Design project (VCAD), which MINDRAMP is now offering for free on our website at www.mindramp.or. The project is designed to help professional and family caregivers to continue serving older adults within the stay-at-home constraints imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. VCAD provides a system for design and implement engaging activities for older adults that: a) promote brain health, and b) take full advantage of virtual communication mechanisms like phones, radio, and virtual meetings on Zoom or Facetime.
COVID CABIN FEVER: Helping Older Adults Cope and Thrive Amid Coronavirus Cabin Fever
Feb 25 2020
COVID CABIN FEVER: Helping Older Adults Cope and Thrive Amid Coronavirus Cabin Fever
How are organizations that serve older adults keeping in touch and staying engaged with clients and prospects?  How are they using virtual communication methods to help their people cope with coronavirus induced cabin fever? This podcast episode pulls excerpts from a radio interview by host Robin Gunn on her Oklahoma Senior Journal radio program. Joining Robin by conference call are Julie David with Concordia Life Plan Community and Marilyn Olsen, Executive Director of Villages Oklahoma City along with Roger Anunsen and Michael C. Patterson from MINDRAMP Consulting.
COVID CABIN FEVER: The Silver Lining to Coronavirus Cabin Fever
Feb 26 2020
COVID CABIN FEVER: The Silver Lining to Coronavirus Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever may be a useful metaphor for the psychological impact of staying at home and social distancing during the COVID-19 epidemic. The common symptoms of cabin fever are either being stir-crazy (agitation and irritability) or withdrawal and depression. In this podcast, MINDRAMP's co-founders discuss how their methods to promote brain health and mental flourishing can be useful in combatting the negative psychological effects of coronavirus cabin fever.  The podcast consists of excerpts from a radio interview Roger Anunsen and Michael C. Patterson had with Robin Gunn, editor of the Oklahoma Senior Journal and host of a weekly radio show in Oklahoma City.
#31 - VCAD - Combinatorial Interventions
Mar 1 2020
#31 - VCAD - Combinatorial Interventions
One of MINDRAMP’s guiding principles is that effective interventions for multi-factorial conditions - like premature aging and dementia - require multi-factorial interventions. Decline, disease and debility are caused by multiple factors. Each one of the factors must be addressed, in combination, to have a significant impact on the health of your brain and the wellbeing of your mind. (See the episode on The CogWheels of Brain Health).
#30 - VCAD CASE STUDY - Salute to a Sailor
Mar 2 2020
#30 - VCAD CASE STUDY - Salute to a Sailor
Art Kempf struggled with dementia and a loss of meaning until Roger and Art’s wife got him to a wear his navy uniform at a Tommy Dorsey concert during their salute to the military. Art’s patriot salute to the music transformed him and the people around him.
#29 VCAD - Reminiscence and Autobiography
Mar 3 2020
#29 VCAD - Reminiscence and Autobiography
Like the memory mining techniques, people’s reminiscences and reflections about their past lives can suggest topics for activities that help them to engage more fully with their present lives.
#28 - VCAD - Memory Mining
Mar 4 2020
#28 - VCAD - Memory Mining
This episode explores a number of techniques that help you tap into people’s memories and reflections about past passions that, once rekindled, have the power to renew people’s spirits and get them re-engaged with the present.
#27 - VCAD CASE STUDY - Hiram Lifts Off
Mar 5 2020
#27 - VCAD CASE STUDY - Hiram Lifts Off
Hiram was remote and withdrawn until Roger did some "memory mining" around their shared passion for baseball. As Hiram reminisced about his past a fascinating story about his past were revealed.
#26 - VCAD - Savoring
Mar 6 2020
#26 - VCAD - Savoring
Roger Anunsen shares his thoughts about the brain health benefits of learning to savor life’s simple pleasures.
#25 - VCAD - The Benefits of Simplicity
Mar 7 2020
#25 - VCAD - The Benefits of Simplicity
The simple act of watching a sunset was made special by encouraging mindfulness and being open to awe.
#24 - VCAD CASE STUDY - As Simple As a Sunset
Mar 8 2020
#24 - VCAD CASE STUDY - As Simple As a Sunset
The Drag Race was a complex activity with many moving parts. But, activities don’t have to be complex to be successful. Often the simplest of activities can have a profound effect on participants.
#23 - VCAD - Milk The Activity
Mar 9 2020
#23 - VCAD - Milk The Activity
Every activity involves a beginning, a middle and an end. We often make full use of the activity time but fail to exploit the engagement opportunities available during the preparation stage and the afterglow stage. Learn how to milk all of the benefit you can out of your activities.
#22 - VCAD CASE STUDY ANALYSIS - One For All
Mar 10 2020
#22 - VCAD CASE STUDY ANALYSIS - One For All
Roger Anunsen’s most effective programs started with a focus on the specific needs of a single individual and then expanded to engage and involve a much broader community.
#21 - VCAD Case Study - The Drag Race
Mar 11 2020
#21 - VCAD Case Study - The Drag Race
Art Fiskitjohn was grumpy and withdrawn until Roger casually mentioned to him that Marge claimed she could beat him in a scooter race.  Learn how a community became energized around a drag race between three older residents of an Assisted Living Facility.
#20 - VCAD - Reverse-Engineering Instructive Activities for Older Adults
Mar 12 2020
#20 - VCAD - Reverse-Engineering Instructive Activities for Older Adults
The Virtual Activity Design Program is based on MINDRAMP’s first-in-the-nation college course and textbook called Cognitive Activity Design. A major part of the text and course materials consists of descriptions and analyses of wonderful cognitively stimulating activities Roger designed for an Assisted Living Facility.  The rest of the podcasts in this section feature Roger describing a number of the most memorable and instructive activities. These case studies are then followed by analyses of the elements that made them effective in promoting brain health and mental engagement. These case studies do not use virtual communications mechanisms but offer a number of core principles that help enrich any kind of activity (live or virtual).
#19 - VCAD Case Study - Fun Food Activities
Mar 13 2020
#19 - VCAD Case Study - Fun Food Activities
Roger Anunsen (co-founder of MINDRAMP) recently invented a virtual activity for Senior Living Communities called The Mystery Dish. It uses in-room food service to conduct an engaging guessing game about food that can involve everyone in the community. The idea is now being tested, in association with Executive Chef Darin Leonardson, in a number of communities. The Mystery Dish reminded Roger of two other food-based activities he invented as part of his research validated activity program called MemAerobics. All of these food-based ideas promote sensory acuity, mindfulness and fun.
#18 - VCAD - Podcast and Facilitated Discussions
Mar 22 2020
#18 - VCAD - Podcast and Facilitated Discussions
Zoom has become increasingly popular and well known since the start of the C-19 stay-at-home orders went into place. It provides audio and video links between people and will display the images of the host and the guests on the screen. So, multiple people can simulate a live meeting or get-together using their virtual technology.  MINDRAMP has made extensive use of Zoom’s virtual meeting capability to deliver classes and presentations to venues around the country. The presentations feature Roger and Michael zooming in from different locations on the west coast. Zoom allows the host to share whatever is on his or her computer screen, so it is possible to show images, charts, graphics and – most important for us – full PowerPoint presentations.
#17 - VCAD - Activities delivered via Zoom Meetings
Mar 23 2020
#17 - VCAD - Activities delivered via Zoom Meetings
Zoom has become increasingly popular and well known since the start of the C-19 stay-at-home orders went into place. It provides audio and video links between people and will display the images of the host and the guests on the screen. So, multiple people can simulate a live meeting or get-together using their virtual technology. MINDRAMP has made extensive use of Zoom’s virtual meeting capability to deliver classes and presentations to venues around the country. The presentations feature Roger and Michael zooming in from different locations on the west coast. Zoom allows the host to share whatever is on his or her computer screen, so it is possible to show images, charts, graphics and – most important for us – full PowerPoint presentations.
#16 - VCAD - Providing Courses Over The Phone
Mar 24 2020
#16 - VCAD - Providing Courses Over The Phone
MINDRAMP has a long association with an organization called Well Connected (previously Senior Center Without Walls) which delivers a full curriculum of classes via the telephone. To a large extent, the audience is comprised of older adults who, for whatever reason, are confined to their own homes. Ironically, we are all experiencing the same restrictions due to the C-19 pandemic.  MINDRAMP’s brain health programs, delivered virtually via phone calls, we consistently among Well Connected’s most popular courses. In this podcast we share some of the best practices we learned about delivering audio only programs. In recent years, Well Connected has expanded from its base in California’s Bay Area to include the entire country. They now use the Zoom platform so that people can access classes using Zooms audio connections, or when possible, can include video as well.
#15 - VCAD - MINDRAMP'S Virtual Experiments
Mar 25 2020
#15 - VCAD - MINDRAMP'S Virtual Experiments
Over the years MINDRAMP has experimented with a number of virtual delivery approaches. In addition to live classes and presentations, we have reached out to audiences using print, eBooks, radio, webinars and podcasts. In this podcast, we discuss how the VCAD Project makes use of a variety of virtual communication mediums. The next few podcasts will share what we have learned from other virtual projects.