Memory and Brain Fitness:  Older Adult Perspectives

The Impact Theme series: Longevity Explorers Discuss.

The spectre of memory loss looms over us all as we age.

Our Longevity Explorers are always interested in new ideas regarding brain fitness, and you can hear the discussions below.

 

 

Hear what Older Adults Think: Memory and Brain Fitness

Brain Health Discussion @ Sequoias SF

This group discussed brain health, using our interview card deck as a discussion guide. Interesting opinions and insights into various aspects of brain health and memory.

 


 

Memory and Aging

Providence explorers discuss Memory, Aging and Dementia

 


 

Brain Health, Charles Denby @ Providence

Charles Denby spoke about the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital program’s research registry, which now includes more than six hundred individuals. One of the benefits of being in the registry and followed over time is the researchers’ ability to identify those who are having problems and get them into help.

 


 

Cognitive Aging, Cincinnati

The suggested topic from one of our Explorers was “Aging minds; mental health concerns; brain diseases; brain exercises.”  Our Explorers talk about a number of examples of ‘normal forgetting’, as well as tips and suggestions on how to combat or deal with this natural aging phenomenon.
Listen to the recording if you’d like to follow this exploration step by step.  There’s a text box below if you’d like to leave any comments or contributions.

 


 

Brain Health, Teresa Fogerty @ Providence Explorers

At the April meeting, the Providence Longevity Explorers had an update on Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Research from the work and recent research of two members of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital: Teresa Fogerty, the Community Outreach Coordinator,...

 


 

Forgetting Names: Does It Mean Alzheimers?

When is forgetting names a warning of Alzheimer’s disease?

It is not necessarily a symptom. Many people, even at very young ages, had difficulty remembering names. It is pretty normal, even without the aging process.

The Pleasanton Senior Center teaches a memory class which is a...

 


 

Brain Fitness: Starting the Discussion

Explorers at San Francisco Village take the first steps in a serial exploration of how best to maintain brain fitness as we grow older.

 


 

Memory Aids Invented, Discussed @ SSF

Explorer Shirley starts the conversation by musing over the types of things that help reinforce her memory, such as people wearing name tags.

 


 

Memory Tips Offered by SF Village Explorers

Explorer Kathy uses her smartphone calendar to remind her when her wash is done, appointments, social engagements, and the like.

 


 

Explorers Report 'Reminder Rosie' Observations

Explorers Ayanna and Lynn report on their experiences, as well as the those of several of their friends using Reminder Rosie, the talking alarm clock, during the past month. Then the explorers discuss and comment.

 


 

Explorers Discuss Reminder Rosie, Siri, and Alexa

Longevity Explorers at Saratoga Retirement Community are introduced to Reminder Rosie, a memory aid in the form of a talking alarm clock.

 


 

Reminder Rosie: Speaking Reminders?

SF Village Explorer Lynn updates her last conversation when she wished that her egg timer would remind her when it rings of why she had set it in the first place.

 


 

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.

 


 

When you forget the right word - Help

This discussion group had a long conversation about a possible "tool" for helping when you suddenly find that the word you want to use is at the tip of your tongue but just not coming to you.

Most of the discussion was around how we would use this and why and when and whether something...

 


 

Brain Health Interview: Marilyn H

This interview about Brain Health is part of our ongoing "Topic Interview" series. Listen to this structured interview on this topic from the EVC Discussion Circle.

 


 

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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