On Tuesday, October 12th, LWC met at the Stage Crossing Clubhouse to offer “Mind Aerobics,” a special presentation for members and guests. The featured speaker was Michele Contu from St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, who went through a series of exercises to stimulate the mind.
As it turned out, this was meant as a fun exercise to offer some interpretation of the kind of person you are. Contu quickly went through a list of attributes, which are shared below:
If the pig is drawn:
- Toward the top of the page, you’re positive and optimistic
- Toward the middle, you’re a realist
- Toward the bottom, you’re pessimistic and have a tendency to behave negatively
- Facing left, you believe in tradition, are friendly and remember dates (birthdays, etc.)
- Facing right, you’re innovative and active but don’t have a strong sense of family, nor do you remember dates
- Facing front (looking at you), you are direct, enjoy playing devil’s advocate and neither fear nor avoid discussions
- With many details, you’re analytical, cautious and distrustful
- With few details, you are emotional and naive, care little for details and enjoy taking risks
- With less than four legs showing, you are insecure or are living through a period of major change
- With four legs showing, you’re secure, stubborn and idealistic
As Contu said, however, there’s no need to take the results seriously as it may not apply to you in the least. There are pigs and then. . .there are pigs.
Her first reminder was to ‘breathe,’ particularly in times of stress, and noted that keeping one’s mind active was equally as important. The women tested their skills with common word pairs such as chips and dip, sick and tired, wine and cheese, mix and match, and so on, which led to the discovery of regional and generational differences in what was deemed a suitable match.
One activity focused on rebuses, which a word puzzle in which one must decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words. Club members quickly found that some were much more adept than others at deciphering the meanings.
Then there were palindromes, which are words or phrases that read the same whether forward or backward. The women were asked to identify words based on simple clues such as:
- A female sheep (ewe)
- Something that doesn’t work (dud)
- Cheerleaders have it (pep)
- A tool used by builders (level)
The session moved on to an outline map of the United States, without the state names indicated. Club member Brenda French treated the group to a musical rendition of all fifty state names while others filled in the blanks.
While the evening offered much in the way of laughter, the intent was serious in many ways and designed to help each of the women to recognize issues in loved ones that might be apparent through a loss of cognitive abilities and better understand the importance of working one’s mind regularly for optimal wellness.
The Litchfield Women’s Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and welcomes new members and ideas for community projects and presentations.