Betty Ago: Crossovers

“If I only had a brain,” sang the Scarecrow in the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” which is listed in my personal pantheon of favorites. In fact, one of my favorite authors, Salman Rushdie shares my fascination with this story. He actually wrote a book (“The Wizard of Oz, 1992) in which he states that, “The Wizard of Oz was my very first literary influence.” Sir Rushdie certainly has a brain, a very formidable one at that.

Where am I going here? I’ve recently finished viewing the “Know Your Brain” series created by Brookdale, hosted by Carol Cummings (You go girl! Great job!) with Dr. Paul Nussbaum. It was very interesting and provided some good tips. Near the beginning of the program, Carol referred to an acronym used to highlight the main points – PEPSSI.

That’s Pepsi with two ‘S’s. I have to admit that in the Cola Wars, I’ve always preferred Coke. To further the aim of encouraging habits that help our old brains and following Dr. Nussbaum’s lessons, I offer you the following C.O.K.E. tips. Certified Organic Kale Eating; Cognitively Optimized Kinetic Exercise; Creative Organized Knee Extensions; Cozy Openhearted Kissing Experiences. OK, that’s enough. Perhaps you can have fun and come up with a lot more and probably better.

Oh, I think blog writing counts as a good activity for the brain, too.

With thanks to Carol Cummings and Dr. Paul Nussbaum, I am.

Betty Ago



Betty is a real person who resides in one of our Brookdale entry fee communities. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.

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