Memory and Brain Fitness (p2)

The Impact Theme series: Discussions with Older Adults.


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Brain Research: explorers discuss brain health registry

Commonwealth Club Explorer Blanche introduces a discussion about brain health and the brainhealth registry.



Apps for Dementia

The group discusses how technology can help mitigate the problems of persons suffering the effects of dementia.



How Can I Preserve Mental Agility?

A younger member of the Longevity Explorers laments that with all the talk of age related cognitive decline, she doesn't look forward to losing all the knowledge she is accruing in her studies and relationships. She wonders what she can do to avoid the loss.



Brain Health Questions: SRC

What questions do we want answered about brain health? Members were both insightful and amusing in their contributions to this discussion about the field of brain training exercises and the efficacy of techniques to improve short term memory. Includes a lecture from Dr. Longo at Stanford attended by one of the members.



Brain Training

Member Marilyn gave an 'explorer' report on a brain training program called Peak, which she uses.



Brain Game Update @ EVC

An ongoing interest of this group is a brain game one of them is testing out. Brief update. More next month.



Dementia tracking watch: discussion @ EVC

One of the circle members reported back from a presentation at UC Davis on an interesting new "tracking watch" for dementia patients. We discussed the class of devices, and the circumstances in which they might be useful, and what sort of features might be more or less useful.



Short term memory loss: what to do?

This group talks about short term memory loss, what it means for them, and what they are thinking of doing to try and slow it down or compensate for it.



Memory Aids, Reminders, Calendars

A broad ranging discussion on topics that include aids to memory, the need for better simpler calendaring solutions, education to keep one's memory good, and a debate about whether or not smartphone calendars are the way to go.



How to compensate for difficulties speaking after a stroke

This member explains that the difficulties she has communicating after a stroke have made it hard for her to speak clearly or write fast. With her brain functioning well, but her normal communication capability diminished, she is finding this a very frustrating experience.



About the Impact Theme Series

Our Longevity Explorers (hundreds of older adults with ages ranging from 60-95 years old) meet regularly to discuss topics at the intersection of aging and technology.

Among the many topics we discuss in these meetings, we have been exploring some specific themes which we think are going to be very important for older adults in the future, and which in our opinion are ripe for innovation. These make up our Impact Themes, and Memory and Brain Fitness is one of these themes.

In these discussions:

  • We share how we do things today;
  • We explore and critique existing products;
  • We talk about challenges we have that we wish products could solve; and
  • We dream up product concepts we wish someone like you would develop.

If you are developing products or services for older adults in the category of Memory and Brain Fitness, listen to the Longevity Explorer discussions on this page to get insights about how to develop better products and services for older adults.

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