An Ageless Mind is the Key to Successful Aging. An Ageless Mind is flexible…zestful…curious…always growing.
Music is Brain Food is part of the Ageless Mind Project led by Joshua and Lynne Berrett. The vision and mission of the Ageless Mind Project are to:
- help older adults maintain good self care habits,
- have lives filled with meaning,
- enjoy many opportunities for creative expression and positive relationships,
- and always continue to learn and grow.
More and more people are dying at older ages and remaining active until the end. Their stories inspire us and encourage us that an ageless mind is the key to successful aging.
We are convinced that all of us can learn how to benefit from the explosion of exciting research in brain-related fields, from positive psychology, gerontology, longevity, neuroscience, to expressive arts.
It is possible to learn from them how to take better and better care of our whole selves — and of others too.
The Ageless Mind Project is a vehicle for effecting this kind of change. We are particularly interested in experimenting with different modes of lifelong learning. We want to find out what fires up the adult brain’s eagerness to pursue new challenges. We’ve discovered that by staying current with ever-changing technology and responding positively to unfamiliar and changing aspects of the world, that our mind keeps renewing itself.
In other words, these new challenges are the key to making the mind ageless.
So, our focus is on developing research-based learning activities that are accessible and cost-effective for a broad range of adults, especially those over age 50.
We want to offer participants many and varied experiences through which they can discover a personal path to greater well-being, one that feels natural and easily integrates into their lives. This is a holistic form of brain training, a way to apply learning to life.
While we do offer in-person workshops and presentations, our programs are delivered primarily online, because computers require adult learners to draw on more brainpower and to learn more actively.
Our current online programs include:
- Music Is Brain Food – this is a monthly series of short, colorful flipbooks showcasing the “Creative Sparks” that make many kinds of music immortal. Josh hosts in-person Zoom conversations around each book for group members. Listening to music has physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual benefits. Most people respond to music. It’s a powerful vehicle for our form of brain-training.
- Virtual Learning Village – this is a virtual platform where lifelong learning activities can be pursued in a 3-dimensional world anywhere at any time. Interacting as a self-expressive avatar in a visually exciting immersive environment on the computer opens up new possibilities for the kind of brain-training that nourishes mind, body, and spirit while it strengthens transferable thinking skills.
- New Frontiers in Brain Health – this is an online self-guided brain-training course that brings together research from positive psychology, gerontology, longevity, neuroscience, and expressive arts to guide participants toward designing their own personalized action plans for an Ageless Mind. Coaching is available to help implement their plans.
The Ageless Mind Project was incorporated as a 501c3 in New York State in 2015. This means we are a tax-exempt, charitable organization.
We are funded through donations and program fees. You may be able to claim a deduction on your federal taxes when you donate to a 501(c)3 organization.
Click here for more information about whether you can claim your donation as a deduction.
We are currently seeking funding for gaming computers in order to offer under-served populations more choices in online programs.
We are also seeking funding for a pilot study to assess the relative efficacy of each of our programs to reduce loneliness and increase a sense of agency in older adults.