Use it or Lose it!

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Posted: November 28, 2018

“Use it or lose it,” is Eleanor Gordon’s response when asked why she regularly attends the Brain Boosters class, now in its fourth year at Someren Glen. “Dementia runs rampant in my family tree,” she told the Mosaic. “I started to notice slight memory impairment in myself and joined the class.” Since then, she believes her memory has gotten better. “I know my memory has certainly not gotten any worse!” (Her doctor has confirmed that.)

Research continually demonstrates that brain training pursuits can help prevent the progression of dementia and support improved executive functioning in our brains (e.g. memory, decision-making, attention and inhibition). There is also further evidence that social connection is linked to a reduced likelihood of developing dementia.

Brain Boosters is a weekly class that includes a variety of brain challenges, including Theory of Mind by Dr. Rob Winningham, Word Generation, Social and Spatial exercises, along with many others. Participants even get homework (yes, homework!) which may involve reading an article related to brain health and completing an exercise such as a Sudoku puzzle or anagram. “We have one exercise that we do in class called Ten Things on a Tray,” Eleanor shared. “We are shown the tray at the beginning of class and have to see how many items we remember were on that tray at the end of class. I used to be so proud when I could get four or five. Now, I average eight or nine and sometimes even ten.”

Eleanor GordonEleanor is a Brain Boosters cheerleader, and is always inviting new residents to class. “It’s not just about exercising our brains,” she says. “It’s about fellowship and fun … we have so much fun in class.”

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Someren Glen Senior Living Community is owned and managed by Christian Living Communities and is a continuing care community. We offer Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care as well as Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitation and In Home Senior Care. Someren Glen Senior Living Community is located in Centennial, Colorado and services the areas in and around Greenwood Village, Englewood, Columbine, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Heritage Hills, Meridian, Dove Valley, Stonegate, Parker, Aurora, Lakewood, and South Denver. We also are an ideal senior community for those in the zip codes 80122, 80120, 80121, 80111, 80130, 80126, 80129, 80112, and 80124.

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