A Calmer, More Focused You

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Some of my friends over 50 tell me they are having trouble focusing. They used to love to read, but now their minds wander. They find themselves reading the same page over and over. Others don’t want to drive anymore because they have to stay focused on the road. They feel they are too pre-occupied with other stuff going on in their lives that they can’t concentrate.

Personally, I think a lot of people are worried about getting dementia. The minute someone forgets something, they get very upset. More and more pals are telling me that this is their biggest concern about getting older. They are afraid they will lose their minds.

Many have confessed that they have had mental examinations just to be sure they are not going mad. I giggle a little when they tell me their fears because they seem to have blown them out of proportion. They are very serious and don’t like me trivializing it.

One of the products that will be shown at CES in Las Vegas this January is Muse, a brain fitness tool that supposedly helps you gain more clarity in just 3 minutes a day. Muse claims to detect your brain signals during guided focused attention exercises. It helps you train your brain for today and for the future.

The company that it helps to make you calmer, feel more in control, gives you confidence, and helps you deal with stress. Sounds good to me. All you have to do is download the app, put on the feather-light headband, and begin to meditate. The Muse website explains the brain-wave readings are taken from five points on your forehead and ears and then transmitted from the headband to your phone.

“If your brain waves are calm, you’ll hear a light breeze. If your mind wanders, the breeze turns to a tempest, and a cool female voice instructs you to focus on your breathing and count down from 10. If you heed the pseudo-Siri, the light breeze returns.”

Muse has been tested and certified in accordance with Canadian, USA and European regulatory standards (FCC, UL, CE).

I tell myself to relax all the time. It’s later than we think.

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