TOPIC OF DISCUSSION: How to improve brain function regardless of one’s age or current condition
Screening of the film “Brain Secrets”
Dr. Merzenich is the brain behind BrainHQ and the author of Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life. For nearly five decades, he has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research.
Dr. Merzenich’s film “BRAIN SECRETS” presents an accumulated research effort by himself and others, which clearly defines how to improve brain functioning regardless of one’s age or current condition. During the one hour movie, he presents seven key principles that will lead to improved brain functioning resulting in a better quality of life and increased longevity. His research has proven that each of us has the power to change our brain, which will lead to improved health and happiness.
If you have any questions or comments please forward to Chip Howe.
Residents and staff are celebrating the grand re-opening of the MLF Food Pantry. Many volunteer hours and donated building materials went in to this complete remodel of the pantry, including new metal shelves, fresh paint, a brand new floor, and LED lighting.
Check out the before and after photos below
Each month, hundreds of low-income people cannot afford well-balanced meals for themselves and their families. More people face this experience each year. As the cost of living increases and government safety net programs weaken, the demand for emergency food continues to climb.
The Mary Lee Food Pantry, operating weekly, since 2002 helps to close the food gap for many of our residents, by providing staples, healthy fresh and frozen foods, as well as necessary household items, like dish soap and laundry detergent.
Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers and staff who made this remodel happen!
The Mary Lee Foundation Food Pantry is made possible by your charitable donations. Click the link below to donate through PayPal:
Or mail your donation to:
Mary Lee Foundation Post Office Box 3174 Austin, Texas 78764
TOPIC OF DISCUSSION: The Effects of Boredom on the Brain
Ever heard of “Being bored to death?”
There just might be some truth to it as described in this very interesting and revealing film, BOREDOM.
Directed by Albert Nereberg, the film’s breakthrough research suggests boredom is likely a state of stress. It also can be very harmful. Perhaps the powers that be would rather you not know that, especially if you’re inside some kind of educational institution or stuck in a large building with a non-challenging job.
The film humorously addresses if we are actually more bored in today’s society, surrounded by stimulating media; or does the media save us from this state of lethargy and disinterest? The film explores how boredom actually produces stress and reveals that MRI technology has shown that being bored actually speeds up the brain process and increases heart rate to a detrimental level.
Despite being satirical in tone, this film also examines how boredom negatively impacts education nationwide and how it can even play a large part in addiction and more obviously, risk-taking. In this entertaining romp, director Albert Nereberg blows the lid off the boredom conspiracy and reveals an American culture that not only tolerates boredom but actually promotes it. Thankfully before the film ends; the audience will learn a simple yet effective techniques to eliminate boredom. The participants will learn how to make minor changes in their daily routine, which will improve their performance and quality of life.
If you have any questions or comments please forward to Chip Howe
TOPIC OF DISCUSSION: Brain Injury Related Community Programs & Services
In recognition of MARCH being designated as Brain Injury Awareness Month, our group will review the diversity of programs and services available to survivors of a brain injury and other neurological disorders. Primary focus will center around the services provided within the greater Austin area, but pertinent programs provided within the state will also be addressed. A diversity of program topics will be reviewed including advocacy, accessibility assistance, specific brain injury resources, general disability resources, government sponsored programs, housing related issues, and recreational opportunities.
Participants will be provided general information about each service, eligibility requirements and contact information.
Moderator’s Comment: Participants will be encouraged to ask questions pertinent to their own situation.
Date ~ February 13, 2018 Time ~ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Mary Lee Foundation Community Center 1327 Lamar Square Drive Austin, Texas 78704
Guest Speaker: Cavin Balaster
Topic of Discussion: How to Feed a Brain
In 2011 Cavin Balaster sustained a severe traumatic brain injury, and did not walk, talk or eat for months while in the Hospital. After about a year he learned some of the nutritional tools that helped him regain some clarity, and he began intensely studying why nutrition made such a difference.
Survivors, family members, friends and professionals will learn about specific brain supporting nutrients, how these nutrients affect us and what we can eat to support our brain function.