A34 - North Shore News - Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Get smart: how to rebuild your brain cells Manisha Krishnan
that Canada’s first brain fitness retail store recently opened in West Vancouver. Nognz Brain Fitness offers consumers a range of products and activities that are designed to stimulate the five key brain functions: memory, word skills, coordination, critical thinking and focus. Owner Penny Wilson, who has spent the last 30 years working in technology, came up with the idea after being exposed to research that proved that
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brain cells could be restored. “It made me realize that people don’t really understand. They continue to think of the old paradigm, which is just as you age, you slowly lose your brain cells. . . . It’s now only in the last 10 years that they have proven that in fact you can rebuild your brain cells,” says Wilson. She then teamed up with Dr. Justin Davis, a neuroscientist who has participated in a number of public and privately funded research projects about the central nervous system. “When I finished my PhD at UBC I realized there is a disconnect between all the fantastic research that’s being done by all the scientists at UBC, SFU and around the world with what everyday people understand about their brain,” says Davis, who is now the scientific director and product manager at Nognz. “It’s my goal to be a knowledge translator. I want to be the type of person who can make that information accessible to everyday consumers and people so that they can learn about what’s best for them and
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THESE days, it’s just as important to work out your brain as it is to go for that daily jog. The population of B.C. is aging — about 13 per cent are 65 and over right now, and that number will grow to 23 per cent by 2036, and the North Shore is older than average. That’s why it makes sense
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NOGNZ founder Penny Wilson, left, plays a memory fitness game called Q-bitz, with Dr. Cirelle Rosenblatt, Michael Morgan and Dr. Justin Davis. The game combines visual spatial perception and memory.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - North Shore News - A35
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Brain Bar offers tempting edibles From page 34 their brain health.” Part of his job description is to scour the different brain games and software out there to find the ones that are the most clinically validated and fun. A couple of Nognz’s top sellers include Q-bits, which combines visual spatial perception and memory, and Stacking Cups, a simple game that involves stacking and unstacking cups in various patterns by getting both hands to work together. “You can improve by manual
coordination and manual dexterity as well as those fine motor skills that you need to have,” says Davis, adding young aspiring hockey players should take note. Older adults tend to gravitate towards memory boosting and brain fitness software, he says. While certain games can be recommended for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, they cannot serve as a cure for the disease. But there are activities that can help those dealing with other challenges such as attention deficit disorder or brain injuries. In addition, Nognz’s “brain
bar” offers edibles that are good for the brain, such as green tea, purple juices, dark chocolate and nuts. In-store activities include bridge classes, memory boot camps and meditation classes, which start next month. “It’s all about the experience here at Nognz. We want people to come in and try these products out, have a hands-on experience and find the ones that are best for them,” says Davis. They’ve also created an interactive online experience that allows visitors to create a personalized brain health plan, set up a daily goal tracker and find brain buddies interested in
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playing the same games. So far, the feedback from the community has been positive, according to Wilson. “It was a good place, I felt, to test the market because it is an aging population,” she says, adding there are definitely plans for expansion in the works. “I would like to become the Running Room of brain fitness. It would be my hope in the next five years that you would find Nognz brain fitness across the country.” Upcoming events at Nognz include Family Games Night, Friday, May 27, 6 p.m.; and Learn to Meditate with Padma, starting Thursday, June 9, 9 a.m. The store is located at 1517 Bellevue Ave., West Vancouver.
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