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Hello and welcome to my website. I am a British-born, naturalized American, living in California. Based in Los Angeles, I work as a correspondent for BBC television, radio and digital outlets, covering everything from US politics and world affairs to technology, natural disasters and Hollywood. I also host the Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA) podcast. My special interest is the science of human longevity - food, fasting, exercise and long-term health. All views expressed reflect my personal experiences. I advise anyone considering adopting a new diet or fitness regime to first consult with their doctor. Links on this site are to my personal portfolio of audio, video and text. Copyright of broadcast works remain with the BBC and LLAMA podcast content with Healthspan Media LLC. Thanks for the visit!

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Alison Weinlaeder: Speech-language pathologist

When the pandemic struck, instead of hunkering down, with her life on hold, Alison Weinlaeder moved into top gear with her brain-child, a new online business melding physical and mental workouts.  The speech-language pathologist, from St. Paul, Minnesota, wanted to help people improve their cognitive abilities, at the same time as nurturing their cardiovascular fitness. Cardiomelon is a fitness program that puts the essential components of daily health at its core. In this LLAMA podcast interview with Peter Bowes, Alison explains the science behind her novel approach to fitness.  She also shares the challenges and rewards she enjoys through a startup focussed on helping people live longer and better.

Recorded: January 22, 2021 | Read a transcript and show notes at the LLAMA podcast website.

This episode is brought to you by AgeUp, a new financial product that provides guaranteed supplemental income for people who worry about the financial impact of longevity. To find out more, visit

Topics covered in this interview include:
  • Why we should work on keeping the brain healthy and strong as well as the body
  • Working, as a speech language pathologist, with people who've experienced tragic and traumatic events
  • Pushing the brain outside its comfort zone
  • The challenged posed by virtual therapy for patients with severe brain injuries
  • Launching Cardiomelon in the midst of a pandemic
  • Isn't it just normal to forget things as we get older? 
  • Empowering people through brain-focussed exercise 
  • How gardening  and walking can help boost brain performance.
  • Building a brain workout programme based on the concepts of rehabilitation - the principles of neuroplasticity
  • Why you've got to use it to improve it
  • Why just doing mental workouts, without always succeeding in a challenge, will improve brain health  
  • Never too late or early to start.  
  • Partnering with Hilarity for Charity with a mission to educate people in their 20s about poor health habits that could lead to Alzheimer's 
  • The evidence to support combining cognitive and physical exercise
  • Learning how to think smarter, through visualization and habits 
  • Being empowered to control brain health
  • The lifestyle habits that will determine how our lives will be like, decades in the future.
  • Future science-based  research into the outcomes from Cardiomelon
The Live Long and Master Aging podcast shares ideas but does not offer medical advice.  If you have health concerns of any kind, or you are considering adopting a new diet or exercise regime, you should consult your doctor.

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