Health has been on all our minds in the past year and longer. There are, however, many facets to staying healthy beyond the various acts of personal protection we have taken recently of ourselves and on behalf of our loved ones and others with whom we have been in contact. Perhaps the major facet of staying healthy is the simple act of being resolved to keep active, maintain social contact, eat well though not too much – and so on. Motivation and the translation from merely trying to are key. However, beyond this are various scientific findings on “Brain Health” related to healthy ageing, action to help stem the onset of dementia, and the diverse facets of the social contact most likely to help us avoid depression. Moreover, living as we are lucky to do in one of the great cities of the world, there is all manner of local activities that can bring us joy and purpose and new understanding – ranging from walking on the Pentland Hills or beside the Firth of Forth through to attending a gig or a concert together with a friend.
– Professor Richard Morris FRSE, Professor of Neuroscience, The University of Edinburgh;
– Professor Alan Gow, Professor of Psychology, Heriot-Watt University;
– Professor Tara Spires-Jones, Professor of Neurodegeneration, University of Edinburgh;
– Professor Stella Chan, Charlie Waller Chair in Evidence-based Psychological Treatment, University of Reading;
– and Mónica Muñoz López, Assistant Professor of Anatomy, University of Castilla-La Mancha.
This event was part of the RSE’s summer events programme Curious. The RSE invites you to Curious, its summer events programme running from 09-27 August 2021. All eyes on Scotland’s leading thinkers in this thought-provoking series of free online talks and intimate conversations designed to question and inspire the world around us to reach new insights.
The RSE, Scotland’s National Academy, is an educational charity operating on a wholly independent and non-party-political basis to provide public benefit throughout Scotland.