2017 Spring Newsletter
Which Brain Areas Are Most Involved In Music Listening?

We found this information of great interest, but just so you know, the article is posted from a company trying to get you involved in a listening program.

Click on the image above and it will take you to a large version of the diagram, as well as to the article.  The functions of the brain is what we found interesting.

Alex Dorman, the blogger who wrote the article, says "The brain is musical; neuroscience has proven through functional brain imaging that when we listen to music, virtually the whole brain is involved. Music listening not only involves the auditory areas of the brain, but also engages large-scale neural networks including; prefrontal cortex, motor cortex, sensory cortex, auditory cortex, visual cortex, cerebellum, hippocampus, amygdala, nucleus accumbens, corpus callosum, autonomic nervous system, vestibular system, and the enteric nervous system. " 

Alex Dorman's Blog The Brain Understanding Itself

Article Source:  Advanced Brain Technologies

Stay Active

When you address hearing loss, it doesn’t have to slow you down. And it shouldn’t. You can go right on doing the things you love and enjoying time with the ones you love.

For some people, medical intervention—like ear surgery or cochlear implants—is the appropriate treatment. But for the overwhelming majority of people with hearing loss, professionally fitted hearing aids offer great benefits.

Eight out of 10 hearing aid users, in fact, say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids. From how they feel about themselves to the positive changes they see in their relationships, social interactions, and work lives, hearing aid users are reaping the benefits of today’s technology.

Whether you’re a plumber, swimmer, teacher, attorney, or your grandkid’s favorite babysitter, there’s a hearing aid that can help you stay active and engaged in life. You might even think of hearing aids as a high-tech “anti-aging” tool. They help keep people of all ages socially, cognitively, and physically active.

So no worries. Address your hearing loss. Go out and live. Enjoy life!

Source:  Better Hearing Institute
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The Benefits of Laughter
Source: Laughter is the best Medicine

Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. 

Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. 

Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Physical Benefits
  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease

Mental Benefits

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience

Social Benefits

  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding

Kansas City's Spring Break Guide

People from all across the region are bundled up and crowded at the Country Club Plaza, mugs of hot chocolate warm chilly hands as people wait(ed) in earnest anticipation for the famous Plaza Lights ceremony to begin. November officially kick(ed) off the holiday season in Kansas City. What follows next is six weeks of seasonal celebrations, festive events and luminous light shows.

Iconic Sights, seasonal merriments, holidaygift Giving, warm up with winter menus, high-powered athletics, and can't miss Plays & Performances!

Make sure you check out some of Kansas City’s most iconic live performances during wintertime. The full list of shows can be found here, but you’ll find a few highlights below:

A Christmas Carol Spencer Theatre, Nov. 18–Dec. 24

Handel’s Messiah Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Dec. 1–4

The Nutcracker – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Dec. 3–24

The Book of Mormon Music Hall Kansas City, Dec. 6–11

Santaland Diaries Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Dec. 8–24

The Lumineers and Rayland Baxter – Sprint Center, Jan. 24

Eric Church – Sprint Center, Jan. 31

To see the full list of activities click on VisitKC.

The Most Comforting Dishes in Kansas City

By Jenny Vergara

Each of us has a dish that we gravitate toward to bring us comfort. 

Often these dishes are tied to childhood memories or people, or maybe all it takes for you is just a decadent splurge of cheese and calories to make what might be wrong in your world, right again.

So, the next time you find yourself craving a comforting dish, check out these places doing the best versions of some of our favorite food hugs.

Macaroni and Cheese, Meatloaf, Pizza, Burgers, Soup, Fried Chicken, Grilled Cheese and Barbecue.

An example of what Jenny wrote:
The ultimate pasta and cheese comfort food treat, and favorite childhood staple, can be found in new and creative adult forms at The Westside Local . Made with house smoked gouda and parmesan cheese, the eatery’s take includes cavatapi pasta topped with bread crumbs and can beefed up with Brussels sprouts and red pepper, Korean pork belly, salmon or chicken.

To see the complete list with photos and details, VisitKC.



Favorite Recipes
Taste of Home - Shamrock Cutout Pound Cake
 

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 50 min. + cooling
YIELD:16 servings Ingredients



  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) pound cake mix
  • 10 drops green food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 to 5 teaspoons 2% milk
Directions
  • 1.Preheat oven according to package directions. Grease a 9x5-in. loaf pan. Prepare one package cake mix according to package directions, adding food coloring and extract before mixing batter. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake and cool as package directs.
  • 2. Cut cooled cake into 1-in.-thick slices. Cut slices with a 2-1/2-in. shamrock-shaped cookie cutter (save remaining cake f TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 50 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings Ingredients
    • 2 packages (16 ounces each) pound cake mix
    • 10 drops green food coloring
    • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
    • GLAZE:
    • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
    • 3 to 5 teaspoons 2% milk
    Directions
    • 1.Preheat oven according to package directions. Grease a 9x5-in. loaf pan. Prepare one package cake mix according to package directions, adding food coloring and extract before mixing batter. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake and cool as package directs.
    • 2. Cut cooled cake into 1-in.-thick slices. Cut slices with a 2-1/2-in. shamrock-shaped cookie cutter (save remaining cake for another use). Stand shamrock slices at an angle in a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan.
    • 3. Prepare remaining cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter around and over shamrock slices. Bake and cool as package directs.
    • 4. For glaze, in a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, extract and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Pour glaze over cake, allowing some to flow over sides. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
    Nutritional Facts

    1 slice: 462 calories, 23g fat (8g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 339mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

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