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Keeping your memory sharp

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October 22nd, 2013
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The Alzheimer’s Association reports that about one-third of today’s seniors die with a dementia-related illness such as Alzheimer’s disease. As of yet, researchers around the world have found no cure, but they have discovered some techniques that may help some people preserve their memories longer.

Brooksby is applying this science in the Memory Fitness project. Memory Fitness is a program for people who have no memory problems and want to stay sharp. It is one component of the Memory Support program along with Memory Health and Memory Care—both of which are designed to help people in the later stages of dementia-related illnesses.

Three components

Memory Fitness has three parts. First is the health exam by your provider in which your current cognitive functioning will be assessed. When you’ve been given the green light, you can begin Memory Fitness classes, which run twice a week for six weeks in the Resident Life Parlor of Kingsbury Clubhouse. These classes teach health- and brain-preserving strategies. You have the opportunity to participate in exercises that have been shown to help the brain make new connections. You’ll also learn the truth about things that have not been proven to help—such as gingko and estrogen.

After the formal classes end, self-directed activities begin. You can continue to use techniques you’ve learned in class, or you can come up with your own new hobbies, interests, or other strategies that help you stay connected with other people and relieve stress.

Learn more about Memory Fitness (or any of the Memory Support programs) from your on-campus health provider or Resident Life.