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The Secrets to Mental Fitness for Life

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This session was held on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at St. Paul's Hospital. This free event was open to St. Paul's Hospital staff, volunteers and clients as well as members of the wider community. The speaker, Wendy Thompson, is a Gerontologist, author, motivational coach and former Olympic Speed Skater. She has 30 years of experience in the field of wellness and is known for her dynamic presentations and workshops.

This presentation included an overview of Wendy Thompson and Sandra Cusack's book Mental Fitness for Life, 7 steps to Health Aging. Wendy addressed the widespread misconception that we automatically lose some of our mental abilities as we grow old!  She provided practical solutions for staying mentally fit including information on (quotes are all taken from Mental Fitness for Life):

Goal setting
To achieve happiness we should make certain that we are never without an important goal' Earl Nightingale

Power thinking
Do you know what the greatest test is? Do you still get excited about what you do when you get up in the morning?' David Halberstam

The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension' Oliver Wendell Holmes

Creating a positive mental attitude
'The greatest revolution of my life is the discovery that individuals can change the outer aspects of their lives by changing the inner attitudes of their minds' William James

Memory & learning
'The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends upon interest in it. We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds' Tyrone Edwards

Speaking your mind
'The heart of the fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in hisheart' Benjamin Franklin


We sincerely thank St. Paul's Hospital Foundation Enhanced Education Committee for funding this event.