Combating brain drain

Nationally recognized psychiatrist and pediatrician Dr. Joe Bates inspired Villages residents with his prescription for “brain cardio” from his bestselling book, “Making Your Brain Hum.”

He says a person can have a healthy financial life, spiritual life, physical health, family and career, but the one prerequisite to all of these is a healthy mind.

“We spend billions as a whole for body workouts,” he says. “A healthy body is great, but it doesn’t do us any good if we don’t have a healthy mind, and we don’t need any expensive equipment to nourish it.”

The doctor created more than 500 games, puzzles, and questions that work out every part of the brain, and he believes brain workouts help people of any age, but specifically seniors who want to keep a mental edge.