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Joshua Berrett, PhD, is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Ageless Mind Project. He is an Emeritus Professor of Music, a musicologist who has published on a wide variety of musical topics over fifty years.
He has used music to engage very young children, sensitize college students, and challenge the minds of adults learners. He has developed an interactive workshop called “Music is Brain Food,” where he demonstrates how music can be employed consciously and intentionally to keep people healthy and happy. He offers courses on a broad range of music and musicians in lifelong learning programs and privately online. He is on the LEARN Committee of the American Society on Aging.
She worked for many years with at-risk college students while also maintaining a private psychotherapy practice for couples and adults, many of them artistic and/or older clients. Over a dozen years ago she added training in positive psychology coaching to her skills. Her training in adult learning and older adult development first began in the mid-1970’s at the University of Michigan.
Since 2013 she has been offering research-based holistic brain health programs online in virtual worlds such as Second Life and Open Sim. These are immersive learning environments that she has made user-friendly for older people. She has recently designed a course for professionals in the field of aging that gives them the technical tools to guide their clients into Second Life and the psychological tools to help clients learn how to improve their own well-being by spending time there.
Working as a team, the Berretts created the website Music and Happiness in 2007, exploring the relationship between music and positive psychology. They have given presentations on music as brain food and on their project in Second Life at numerous conferences on aging over the past several years.
In 2020, they created Music is Brain Food, a membership website that helps others find their own paths to an Ageless Mind. This project is close to their hearts because they have lived this journey ourselves and know its value. The programs offered at Music is Brain Food come from years of lifelong learning–studying and experimentation done within the Ageless Mind Project
Joshua and Lynne expect the projects to evolve as science and experience teach them more about successful aging.
About Whole Brain Health in Second Life
We host many kinds of programs and offer an amazing variety of interactive activities that stimulate and challenge your brain, all here within our home region of Inspiration Island. Come to the Island alone or with friends to explore and discover. Look for places where you can earn Lindens and other prizes. Don’t miss our 3D Maze and Butterfly Hunt for 7 Words of Wisdom.
We base our approach on current research into lifestyle choices that keep your brain growing. What do you know about the kinds of diet and sleep and mental and physical exercise that make a real difference? We give you solid information and, more important, opportunities to experience the ingredients of a healthy life right in SL. And it’s all free!
Each area of the grounds gives you a different way to actually grow your brain by nourishing your body, mind, and spirit–so try new as well as familiar activities to expand your opportunities for brain fitness. We keep changing and improving the things we offer visitors. Come back to see what’s new.
We enjoy giving tours to educational groups. We are also home to the Community of Creative Elders. Anyone over 50 who is curious about life can join this group either by using a CCE subscriber or by asking Lissena Resident for an invitation.
To get notices of our frequent events and classes, you can join the Whole Brain Health Group, or Subscribe to it at the kiosk with our logo right at the landing point.
Leave us your sage words of advice on the Inspiration scroll in the Grove of Wisdom. You can earn Lindens just by giving us a piece of your mind!