PBS Hawaii volunteer Helen Onoye, a retired State worker from Honolulu, sent me a clipping from a national unspecified publication with an article titled "Mind Stretchers: 28 Tricks to Keep Your Brain in Shape."
At first I wondered if she thinks I'm losin' it.
Then I saw that she'd circled Trick #11:
"Switch the television station to PBS. The higher-level programming on public television will do more to engage your brain than any reality show or sitcom ever could. As we said, the more engaged your brain, the healthier your brain functions, including memory."
Great! That means PBS enriches the community in yet another way. And lucky for me, I already watch it.
Tricks on the list I didn't know: talking with your hands leaves you more mental resources available for transferring information into memory; snacking on pumpkin seeds gives you an iron brain boost; and doing something every day that's out of your comfort zone is a perfect "weight-lifting" exercise for brain cells.
With these brain-pumping aids, I'd BETTER remember to thank Helen next time I see her...