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Senior Moments: “How soon do you need to know?” April 12, 2007

Posted by Dr. Rohn Kessler in attention training, brain injury, dementia, memory, memory loss, mTBI, neurogenesis, Sparks of Genius.
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Two elderly women have played bridge together for many years, and naturally, they have gotten to know each other pretty well.

One day, during a game of cards, one lady suddenly looks up at the other and says, “I realize we’ve known each other for many years, but for the life of me, I just can’t bring it to mind … would you please tell me your name again, dear?”

There is dead silence for a couple of minutes, and then the other lady responds, “How soon do you need to know?”

Moral of the story: Take your time, make your best effort, and smile.

Neuroscientist Dr. Michael Merzenich informs us that memory becomes less stable with age because 1) we’re no longer doing activities we previously did to keep ourselves mentally sharp and 2) all of our brain operations become slower and slower.

It is possible to train your brain for success.

At Sparks of Genius, everyone “works out” with a Personal Trainer. Everyone learns to maximize several of their intelligences. It is important that everyone love learning and be happy while learning.

It is possible to train your brain for success. With consistent training, various computer programs can help children, adults and seniors to improve attention, memory, listening and central processing speed of the brain.

Adults and seniors need to reach beyond and master something new.

A “roll with the punches” attitude will not work. Our Sages teach us that “A happy person can learn more in one hour than a depressed person can learn in many hours.”

It is important for all of us to know that we can train our brain for success. Attitude is important. I leave you with the following story.

“When I moved to Florida, I became friends with an elderly woman who was very active, kind, and strong. She was doing something all the time, but not busy just to be busy.

One day after as especially busy day, she came home exhausted and was rocking on her porch when I arrived. I said to her something like “Maybe you overdid it today.”

She replied without missing a beat. “Honey, I would rather wear out than rust out.”

-Dr. Rohn Kessler, Ed. D.

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