Curriculum

The building blocks of health, mind and quality of life

What do we offer?


Every person yearns for a long and healthy life, financial independence and regular contact with loved ones. This is however, very often not the reality for many senior citizens, and that is where a program like Senior Mind Moves is beneficial.

Whether you opt for the Senior Mind Moves workshop, sessions or talk, here are the fundamentals we will cover:

We start by looking at the Triune Brain Theory that identifies the following categories:

1. Thinking brain:

The left brain collects information and the right brain gives meaning to it. Sometimes a person may get stuck in one side of the brain due to illness, trauma or stress.

2. The emotional brain:

The feeling brain dominates our lives and plays a role in determining energy levels. People with a shortage of positive energy have a problem with drive and easily give up. There is a connection between emotional state and health. A positive emotional state boosts the resistance to illnesses.

3. The survival brain:

This forms the basic part of the brain and includes everything that sustains life, e.g. breathing, heartrate etc.

Next, we take a look at each of our senses, their sequence of development, and the role they play:

Touch / Movement and balance / Smel / Taste / Hearing / Sight

1. The sense of touch

is the first sense to develop and the skin remains the largest sensory organ lifelong. The functions of the skin are: 1) To safeguard our bodies by acting as a barrier between us and the environment; 2) To discriminate (to tell apart), so that we can differentiate between hot and cold, rough or smooth, pleasing and non-pleasing, beneficial or harmful touch. The skin is an important messenger that assists us in adapting or re-orienting ourselves, therefore proper care should be taken of the skin and the sense of touch.

2. The sense of movement and balance

"I don`t do alcohol anymore – I get the same effect just standing up fast " - Author unknown

The balance centre of the brain is important, as well as the relation between the ear, brain and movement. We must constantly remind ourselves that falling is not an option, while staying upright is. Movement keeps muscles strong and promotes balance. If we pay attention to our sense of movement and balance we can maintain a sense of freedom and independence, and avoid isolation and a mundane existence.

3. The sense of smell and taste

The emotional brain not only stores our memories, but also regulates our feelings and thought processes. This is the place where smell, emotions and memories come together. Ageing and the hardships of life are realities, but we can still decide how we will react to it. To take charge of your thoughts is a conscious decision.

"Chocolate is like medicine – but as with medicine, the key is the proper dose. Don`t overdo it." - Edward “Grandpa” Jones

We also look at the necessity of following a healthy diet.

4. The sense of hearing (and its impact on relationships)

Let us look at the complex functioning of the ear: 1) Each ear is tuned to different aspects of sound. The left ear is sensitive to the emotional and non-verbal aspects of sound. It is also sensitive to the emotional state of other people. The drawback of the left ear is that it makes assumptions and can be hypersensitive. 2) The right ear listens to the words of a song and focuses on facts, names and numbers. It is the analytical ear and likes logical explanations. The problem with the right ear is that it frequently misses nuance, humor and sarcasm. With which ear do you prefer to listen?

"I hadn`t really noticed that I had a hearing problem. I just thought that most people had given up on speaking clearly." - Hall Linden

5. The sense of sight

Eye movement can be used to stimulate memory. Eyes deteriorate with age and glasses become a necessity. With glasses the eyes do not move as much as before and therefore cannot support the brain to remember. An alert brain and good memory go hand in hand. The eyes do much more than see – they are the CEO of the brain. The Mind Moves exercises help to keep the eyes fit so that they can comfortably turn in all directions, and keep the brain wide awake. The eyes are necessary for all academic reading and writing and they are the last of the sensory organs to develop. The one eye is a bit quicker and stronger than the other. The quicker eye becomes dominant and, like the dominant ear, has certain dominant attributes. We will determine which is your dominant eye and discuss what inherent attributes can be associated with it.

The emotional value of experiences and memory:

The difference between long and short term memory: Emotion is the glue that secures information and experience in the brain. If information has no value or meaning it will not be remembered very long.

Brain dominance, I am not left OR right brain – or am I?

The left and right sides of the thinking brain form personality and for that reason some people are naturally more logical and analytic and others more creative and free-thinking. Neither side is better than the other - one should strive to apply the whole brain. During this session a questionnaire will be used to determine what type of personality each participant has, and we will suggest activities that will advance whole brain functionality.

Senior Mind Moves applies Mind Moves® exercises to enhance movement, balance and clarity of thought


As we grow older, we often get caught up in survival behaviour causing our emotions and thoughts to become hazy. This leaves us feeling ‘lost’, vulnerable and helpless; and as a result, ones confidence wobbles.

Senior Mind Moves focuses on slowing down (and even reversing) the aging process, by stimulating the senses, brain and muscles with simple yet effective physical exercises.

“Movement and balance improves quality of life. Without it, your world shrinks.” – Dr Melodie de Jager