PALO ALTO, Calif., June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Francine Toder, Ph.D. will be speaking about her newest book The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty at the 92nd Street Y (Himan Brown Senior Program) on Wednesday, June 18 at 12:45 pm. Her research into the factors that increase brain, body and psychological fitness, show that our lives can be supercharged through the fine arts even, and especially, as seniors! Consider that every day for the next 18 years, 10,000 baby boomers will reach age 65.
"Recent discoveries in neuroscience confirm that the brain beyond age sixty, if it's fed a diet of complexity, newness and problem solving, can continuously develop throughout life. Whether writing short stories, learning to play music, or painting landscapes, the brain and psyche benefit. Ironically, lifestyle and natural changes in brain and hormonal functioning beyond age sixty actually facilitate mastery of the fine arts in ways that elude younger people," according to Dr. Toder.
Toder delves into the latest brain science findings in everyday terms while also opening a window into the lives of more than twenty late-blooming artists who first took up the violin, memoir writing, or other artistic pursuits after they turned sixty. While some were motivated by curiosity, others desired to realize a previously unmet dream.
Newly available, The Vintage Years eBook, includes additional in-depth interviews, new research findings, and a chapter on singing, dancing and senior theater. Plus it includes a bonus "Call to Action" section that provides a way to think about the reader's journey through a series of questions to serve as a guide and help create some strategies that lead to action.
Dr. Francine Toder is an emeritus faculty member of California State University Sacramento, and is a clinical psychologist recently retired from private practice. She is also the author of When Your Child Is Gone: Learning to Live Again (Ballantine, 1986) and Your Kids Are Grown: Moving On With and Without Them (Plenum Press, 1996) both critically acclaimed. Her extensive writing on diverse topics has appeared in magazines, professional journals, edited-book chapters and on Huffington Post. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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