Silverdale Lutheran Church
11701 Ridgepoint Drive N.W.
Silverdale, WA 98383
Every Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Schedule: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Fees:
10:00 Welcome Fees based on sliding scale. Mental Fitness Through
Coffee Break Lunch included.
Brain and Body Exercise
Homework Check For information & registration,
For Those Experiencing
10:30 Puzzle Time Early Memory Loss
11:00 Writing & Stories Carol Harcharik
11:30 Exercise Lutheran Community Services
12:00 Lunch (360) 377-5511
1:00 Music, Games, Art activities
1:45 Homework Assignment
The Memory Connection
Is made possible by a grant from
The Brookdale FoundaTion
645 4th St., Suite 202
Bremerton, WA 98337
Web site: www.lcsnw.org
Aging and the Mind dementia, everyday tasks become increas-
The mind remains one of the most mysterious
parts of the human anatomy. It is part of our
ingly difficult and their minds become in-
body—and yet it seems separate. It is where
An Early Memory Loss Program
we store all of our memories, thoughts, feel- Caring for the Mind
ings, abilities and sense of self. Our mind is Our minds, like our bodies, must be cared The Memory Connection is an early memory
what makes us who we are, our personality, our for. The mind is not a static organ; it re- loss program which helps participants improve
sense of humor, our ability to communicate, sponds to its environment, taking in and their mental fitness by exercising their brain
our values. It is what makes us recognizable to responding to stimulus. Research indicates and body.
other people. that the mind-body connection is extremely
What is the mind? The short answer is, “the powerful and that keeping the mind healthy Is The Memory Connection right for you or
brain.” The brain is the primary controller of and engaged affects its ability to transmit for your loved one?
our central nervous system—the organ that and accept signals to and from the nervous Do you find that you occasionally forget names
tells our body what to do, that picks up and in- system. Most experts agree that mental or appointments? Occasionally forget why
terprets signals from both in and outside our you came into a room or what you planned to
body. Made up of networks of neurons, the say? Sometimes have trouble finding the right
brain is a complex and ever-changing organ, word? Forget the day of the week or where
and scientists have only begun to understand you are going? Make a questionable decision?
its mysteries. Find it challenging to balance a checkbook?
Like our other body systems, the brain un- Misplace keys or wallet? Occasionally feel sad
dergoes changes as we age—but for some peo- or moody? Find your personality is changing?
ple these changes are much more pronounced Sometimes weary of work or other responsi-
than for others. bilities?
These are normal occurrences for all of us.
Degrees of Change But if you find they happen more often or more
As most people age, they experience a slowing severely, then you could be experiencing early
down of mental ability to some degree. They stimulation as we age plays a vital role in memory loss. By learning about how memory
have mild forgetfulness and memory delays. It keeping our minds alert. Playing cards with works and changes, and using memory tech-
takes them longer to remember a name or the friends, reading books, and even watching niques you can improve your memory.
right word. It becomes more difficult to learn movies can help our minds to stay healthy.
something new or to remember what they once Improve mental fitness by caring:
knew. These symptoms are all part of the nor- Activities for Staying Healthy • For your heart
Persons experiencing early memory loss • For your weight
mal aging process and do not constitute a dis-
will benefit from regular activity. It is not • For your diet
good to sit around the house all day. There Improve mental fitness by:
For other people, the forgetfulness, mem-
• Avoiding bad habits
ory delays and learning difficulties are more are activities that can benefit the mind and
• Exercising your body
pronounced. The general term for severely body. Some ideas for things that help ex- • Stimulating your brain through memory
declining mental abilities is “dementia”—a ercise the mind are conversation, hobbies, and sensory games, puzzles, art activities,
term which applies to a range of conditions, in- remembering, and physical activity. music, socializing, and just plain having
cluding Alzheimer’s Disease. For people with fun with your friends.