Tuesday, April 25, 2023


 “Most researchers agree that keeping both your body and your mind active as you age probably benefits your brain,” said Ronald C. Petersen, the director of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.    https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/2022/11/10/crossword-memory-loss-brain-games/


On the issue of memory, the New York Times recently reviewed “The Complete Guide to Memory: The Science of Strengthening Your Mind” by Dr. Richard Restak, a neurologist and clinical professor at George Washington Hospital University School of Medicine and Health.  The review quoted Dr. Restak: “The point of the book is to overcome the everyday problems of memory.” https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/06/well/mind/memory-loss-prevention.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare

The article noted that the book features mental exercises, sleep habits and diet that can help “boost memory.”  According to the New York Times, Dr. Restak argues that “[m]emory decline is not inevitable with aging” and that bolstering all three types of memory--immediate recall, working memory, and long-term memory—is the “key to warding off later memory issues.” 


The review stated that Dr. Restak calls “working memory” the most critical type of memory and that he recommends that “exercises to strengthen it should be practiced daily.”


As examples of memory exercises, the Times noted that Dr. Restak suggests recalling lists of US Presidents or favorite sport teams players or authors, to engage your working memory, “maintaining information and moving it around in your mind.” 

Fill in those crossword spaces.  See crosswordnuances.blogspot.com

Call out the correct Jeopardy answers. 

Make a list of memorizing worthy articles.