Among the older crowd, it seems to be top of mind.
“AARP did a national survey and in their survey they asked all of their members across the United States what’s their biggest health concern and it was memory, so that tells us that people are really concerned about what’s going on with their memory,” says Sue Maxwell, Director of Older Adult Services for Lee Memorial Health System.
That was the catalyst for Lee Memorial Health System’s Older Adult Services to put together a comprehensive program focusing on retaining the brain.
“We have the Healthy Brain Initiative and within that we have the very small classes that we use the Memory Bible and we talk about how to remember names, numbers, address how to use new words, all kinds of things,” says Maxwell.
Another key facet of the Healthy Brain Initiative is the Memory Spa, which uses computers to stimulate the mind with exercises.
“Some people really don’t know how to use a computer well, so the computer we have, the Dakim, is a touch screen. All you have to be able to do is touch the screen to give the answer and it’s very easily done,” says Maxwell.
Computers are interactive, with specially designed memory retention quizzes.
“These words he wants you to memorize because pretty soon he’s going to ask you to repeat the words back to you,” says Maxwell.
The goal is to keep people mentally active and alert.
“The more exercise you do the better your body is, the more you work your brain maybe the better off your brain will be,” says Maxwell.
A little concentration now may keep your future in focus.