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Use Your Marbles


How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. 

What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.

(Annie Dillard)

Over the last five years, one of the questions that has come up most in workshops I have run around the country has been along the lines of, 'What can I do to reduce the chance of developing dementia?' Or in other words, how might it be possible to maintain good brain health and live as well as possible for as long as possible?

Use Your Marbles is a practical workshop exploring how simple lifestyles changes and everyday creativity can contribute towards better brain health, right across the life course. The workshop has been designed to create opportunities to consider new ideas, share experiences and feel encouraged to try small changes today and in the coming weeks. Each workshop participant will receive a pocket sized resource to reflect on and return to for future ideas, encouragement and inspiration.

Excellent, need I say more? Yes! It was a gentle, enthusiastic way to share advice and encourage us to contribute.

Lots of excellent ideas to ponder. A real tonic as I approach 80. (Workshop participant, 2019)

Inclusive. Easy to understand. Practical. (Workshop participant, 2019)

Charlotte is lovely and open and, makes it easy for people to say what they’re thinking and feeling.

There were some great ideas and lifestyle suggestions that got my mind ticking, as well as some very interesting stats. Some of the questions/invitations, are really thought provoking and made me reflect on my own life and behaviours. And it was great to be able to hear other people’s reflections (especially as natural behaviours were so different amongst us). The hour went ridiculously quickly. I would recommend it to anyone.

(Workshop participant, 2021)

Note: this workshop takes a quality of life approach and considers both risk factors and well as resilience factors in our lives. It is not intended as medical advice. The content of the workshop is based on and inspired by simple, everyday changes in line with the known areas of risk and possible prevention.

If you’d like to find out more about Use Your Marbles workshops do drop me a line.

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