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Keeping Your Memory for Life
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Presentation by Max Stanley Chartand, Ph.D., CSP

I attended the Wellness Seminar “Keeping your Memory for Life!” and Concert on June 19, 2019 at the Greenhorn Valley Public Library with a packed room of over 30 people from Trinidad, LaVeta, Walsenburg, Pueblo, Colorado City and Rye. Max’s son, David Chartrand, sponsored this event. David has just opened a state-of-the-art hearing health office in the Professional Building. Hearmore Pay Less is complete with full earmold and electronics lab, full evaluation, Speech-in-Noise, Loudness Growth, and a full range of wellness and hearing health helps for our area.

This seminar was Max’s 1500th speaking event on this topic. Max was born in Oregon when a serious childhood illness left him severely hearing impaired at the age of 2 ½. His family then moved to Albany, TX and later to Denver, CO. Max was a resident of Colorado City/Rye from 2000 to 2011 and then he moved to Arizona. By mid-adulthood he was deaf. Even as a life long hearing aid user and later a cochlear implant user, he has relied upon assistive technology and coping strategies for communication since his youth. At age 10, someone forgot to tell Max that he couldn’t do it! Max chose the clarinet as a musical instrument not realizing that auditory function was needed. He played the clarinet for two years before adding the saxophone and a lot of other instruments to his repertoire, all of which he mastered. Our seminar began with Somewhere over the Rainbow played on the saxophone.

Human cognition is one’s awareness and consciousness of self, others and environs around them. Cognition involves logic, knowledge, skills, critical thinking and lifelong retention of the same. The little known truth about getting older is the shift from left hemisphere thinking to right hemisphere thinking in our brain which means that we get better and wiser as we get older! The left side of our brain deals with spoken and written language, math deduction, abstract thought. It sees only small parts of the whole. It thinks in the past and future. The right side of our brain deals with nonverbal information such as art and music, emotions, spatial relationships, it sees the whole. It thinks in the present. We aren’t slowing down; we are thinking things through which is a good thing.

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