Episode 9

Published on:

2nd May 2024

Dr. Mitch Clionsky: Dementia Prevention - Using Your Head to Save Your Brain

Hello, amazing listener! I’m excited to have you join me on another episode of "Confessions of an Aging Ingénue"! I'm your host, Jenni Tooley.

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Today, we're shifting gears a bit from our usual discussions to tackle a topic that hits close to home for many: dementia prevention.

Joining me, as a guest on today’s episode, is the highly esteemed Dr. Mitch Clionsky, a seasoned neuropsychologist with over four decades of experience! Dr. Clionsky is here to shed light on the importance of cognitive health and some insights from his groundbreaking book, "Dementia Prevention: Using Your Head to Save Your Brain," co-authored with his brilliant wife, Emily. This is one concise yet insightful episode that you do not want to miss.

In this episode;

  • Dr. Clionsky shares insights into his extensive experience evaluating cognitive functions and discusses his mission to empower individuals to reduce their risk of developing dementia. [02:12]
  • He shares highlights from his groundbreaking book, "Dementia Prevention: Using Your Head to Save Your Brain," which provides actionable strategies based on scientific research. [04:36]
  • Together, we explored the importance of adopting a holistic approach to health and wellness and the significance of sustainable lifestyle changes. [09:31]
  • Dr. Clionsky dismantles common misconceptions about quick-fix solutions and highlights the value of gradual, sustainable changes in behavior. He also shares practical tips for initiating lifestyle changes, the concept of "baby steps" and the importance of setting realistic goals. [12:09]
  • And we discussed actionable steps for optimizing aging, especially the multifaceted nature of dementia. [29:57]

Whether you’re currently dealing with dementia or just curious about preserving your mental acuity, this episode offers valuable information to help you safeguard your cognitive well-being. It is specifically tailored for individuals who are interested in proactively maintaining their cognitive health, particularly in the face of aging and the potential risks of dementia.

So, sit back, relax, and prepare to be well-informed as we demystify dementia. Tune in!

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Confessions of an Aging Ingenue
from insecure ingenue to perimenopausal powerhouse
Go BTS into my creative life/career as I regain my integrity and create a system that aligns with my values and supports an abundant, healthy lifestyle.

It’s taken me decades to find my way back to me. The journey has been messy, out of control and all of the things I feared. I fear them no more. Take these stories as your own.

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Jenni Tooley

Hi! I am Jenni Tooley and I have a lot going on! I tend to go where I am led, am highly adaptable and have a wide variety of transferable skills and talents. This means I have experienced a whole lot so far in life-- I have owned and operated my own cottage bakery, am a trained birth doula, am a yoga teacher, am a professional actor, have worked in non-profit development, launched a web series and just distributed my first feature film, STUCK. Oh! Did I happen to mention I've also been an actor for over 3 decades and played alongside in Richard Linklater's Boyhood? That all sounds amazing- and super woman-ish, right?

What you may not know is that although I am a creative human, I am also a messy one. I've been around lot of blocks and trudged through around and over some of the deepest blocks within myself. I know what it's like to feel stuck- unable to move forward. I know what it's like to be overwhelmed with self-doubt. I know what it's like to feel like I or what I do is never enough. I've spent years trying to "fix" myself. I have a "chick with a stick" in my brain that loves to whack me around whenever I make a mistake, show my imperfections, or am willing to be vulnerable. She thinks she's keeping me safe. But I'm tired of being abused by myself. My "good enough" is actually more than good enough. I don't have to go outside of myself for validation. And being vulnerable is really hot!

I won't claim to have completely overcome all these things-- after all I am human. But I've gotten through them and continue to build myself up rather than break myself down, most days:) Along my journey I have collected so many tools, a whole lot of experience, and have always been (it turns out) filled with wisdom. I am thrilled to be able to share all of this with you! I specialize in holding space for people, deeply listening, and being able to guide people back to the truth of who they are. The process isn't perfect. And I will never claim to have " the only 5 steps you need to fix yourself for good" because in my experience that's a bunch of hoo-ha. And it sets up a situation where if you didn't get fixed you think there must be something wrong with you(I know, I've had that experience).

I'd love to have you join me on this journey! www.jennitooley.com