Guidelines to live your best life as you age, by Julia Willoughby

Nov 2, 2022 | Blog Articles

Getting older is bound to raise concerns about illness, memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s or simply ageing well.

Hunting for lost items (especially keys!), forgetting words or mistaking the way to well-known or frequently visited destinations may be happening to you.

When I experienced this 5 years ago, I also failed to recognise Apps I regularly used on my phone, I could not perform simple maths, or recognise faces I should know. I forgot how to do my normal morning routine and could not find my way to the doctor’s surgery.

With a strong genetic family history on both sides of Alzheimer’s Disease, I was filled with dread.

My life began to change when a book arrived on my doorstep from a friend in California – The End of Alzheimer’s by Dale Bredeson.

I read it from beginning to end and discovered that yes, there was indeed hope to live your best life as you age. Exciting new programmes were being developed, focusing on a holistic and individualised approach to both Alzheimer’s and aging.

I searched out and read everything I could find on aging, preventing Alzheimer’s and, with the excellent care of a Bredeson trained practitioner Dave Jenkins, started to see improvements in all aspects of my life.

Living Well

I made many changes including:

  • increasing exercise
  • modifying my diet
  • engaging in activities I love
  • socialising more
  • brain training
  • decreasing stress, and
  • focusing on the things that bring joy to my life.

I also have a personalised program to address deficiencies in minerals, vitamins, hormones and specific brain supplements to help improve cognitive decline.

Whilst there are sometimes setbacks on this journey, I believe in our incredible capacity to improve by taking responsibility for our mental and physical health as we age.

In Quest’s program Reclaiming Your Brain we share with you the specific lifestyle choices endorsed by leading doctors and research into preventing or stabilising memory loss and aging well. We inspire you to gently modify aspects of your lifestyle that will help your brain to not only grow new neurons and function better, but to help you to feel calmer, happier and more in control of your life.

The 5-day Reclaiming Your Brain program allows you to focus on your life without distraction. It is held at the Quest for Life Centre in Bundanoon in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW. Participants learn valuable information, life skills and strategies to stimulate your brain, increase your health and bring you peace of mind.

I look forward to welcoming our participants and sharing this exciting program.


Julia Willoughby is a Facilitator on Quest’s Reclaiming Your Brain and living proof of the benefit of the holistic approach offered in the program.

Upcoming Programs 14-18 November 2022; 20-24 February 2023. Call Us Today to find out more: 1300 941 488.