Why Social Connections are Good for the Brain

A Surprising Connection

According to UCLA Professor, Matthew Liberman, a growing body of research shows that the need to connect socially with others is as basic as our need for food, water and shelter. (Wolpert, S. 2013)

On January 21, 2019, TMF's CEO Jennifer Brusstar, received a very special letter for WWII veteran Lincoln Leung who served at the Battle of the Bulge and the Nuremberg Trials. As she read the letter, Mr. Leung was overwhelmed with emotion that a (Ret) Brigadier General and his wife would take the time to acknowledge him. A connection he made while visiting the National WWII History Museum, in New Orleans this past December. A "Ya Gotta Believe" opportunity identified by TMF and through their "Make Believe Real" connections with American Airlines, Soaring Valor and the WWII History


Making "Believe" Real-Connections Matter

Providing social connections and opportunities falls under TMF's approach to develop sustainable wellness programs that help improve cognitive functions, physical fitness, food choices, as well as spiritual and social connections. Each program aims to improve the physical, cognitive, social and spiritual components of health. Quality of life enhancement is our goal for as many residents as possible. Creating sustainable programs around exercise, healthy eating, and socialization in turn creates a community support system to help better achieve one’s wellness goals.

Photos: Top: WWII veteran, Lincoln listening as Jennifer reads his letter. Middle: Letter writers, Uyen Dinh, Esq, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security, Brigadier General Joe McMenamin USMC (Ret) and escort veteran Nestor Tom at The National WWII History Museum. Bottom: The Museum's Victory Bells comforting Lincoln after viewing, Beyond All Boundaries, narrated by actor, Tom Hanks. Photo Credits: TMF, WWII National Museum, and Uyen Dinh. www.tugmcgraw.org

Ya Gotta Believe

"Nothing feels better than giving back to the Veterans for all that they did for our country and it makes my heart ❤️ feel good. I got to be at a birthday party for a veteran who turned 102 years old today and visiting with veterans and watching the football games with them. I really got to know them and their stories and spend quality time them. I also want you to know how much I respect each and every one of the veterans here that I met. I honor their service and their work and I salute them all. I have to say thank you to all of them for serving our country and keeping us safe." - Ramsey, Meristem student

Fair Oaks, Meristem student, Ramsey spent the weekend helping the Tug McGraw Foundation. Video credit of filming Lincoln, goes to this very special young man. Meristem serves young adults on the autism spectrum by helping them develop practical life skills, increase social capacity, and transition to work and independence.

Photo: Lincoln with Ramsey.

Tug's Locker: Further Readings and Videos

Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, (2019). Protecting against cognitive decline, READ

Wolpert, S., (2013). UCLA neuroscientist's book explains why social connection is as important as food and shelter, READ

Seppälä, E., Ph.D. (2012). Psychology Today, Connect To Thrive Social Connection Improves Health, Well-Being & Longevity, Read

Beyond Boundaries Trailer with Tom Hanks

72 Years Later, Lincoln Leung heads to the National WII Museum

The social brain and its superpowers: Matthew Lieberman, Ph.D. at TEDxStLouis

Come Connect With Us In 2019

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