Sunday, September 19, 2021

Ever have a word at the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t remember it? Or forget why you walked into a room or where you placed your car keys? Memory, problem solving, attention and processing speed are some of the cognitive functions that can decline with age. As we grow older, leave school and retire, we are no longer learning new material and stimulating the brain. The brain, similar to a muscle, needs to be used or it will not function optimally. Eating a healthy diet and exercising are some of the ways to maintain a healthy brain. But the brain is also remarkably nimble and new connections can be created regardless of age. Engaging the brain in innovative ways in a variety of cognitive areas can help create new connections between neurons and increase mental acuity. Diversifying the cerebral activities in which you engage is key to your overall brain health.

Schoke JFS offers a brain fitness program that targets a variety of cognitive areas to help stimulate the brain. Memory skills, visual-spatial skills, organizational skills and attention are some of the cognitive areas that the program addresses with the goal of providing a mental workout for the brain. Facilitated by Dr. Toby Lazarus, group sessions are offered online via Zoom. These interactive programs engage the mind in thoughtful ways. Word play, puzzles, memory games and problem-solving activities can enhance your brain power and are fun ways to challenge yourself. Strategies for improving your skills are also discussed during these sessions, and participants share which techniques they find most effective. Being able to find multiple ways to problem solve and approach tasks improves mental flexibility as well. The sessions are designed for a range of ages and abilities, which can be adjusted based on the participants. You are never too old or too young to stimulate your brain.

The Schoke JFS Brain Fitness session takes place online every Monday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. If you would like to register or need more information, please contact Dr. Toby Lazarus, Schoke JFS Brain Fitness coordinator, at [email protected] or visit www.ctjfs.org/brainfitness.

By Dr. Toby Lazarus


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