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Memory Spa: May 23, 2011

Ever heard of a fitness spa for your memory? Like your muscles, your brain needs regular workouts too. As people get older, many of them feel their memory is starting to fail them.

AARP did a national survey. In their survey they asked members across the United State to name their biggest health concern. It was memory.

“So that tells us that people are really concerned about what’s going on with their memory,” says Sue Maxwell, Director of Older Adult Services at Lee Memorial Hospital.

This was the inspiration behind the Memory Spa. Located inside the Share Club in North Fort Myers, it uses specialized computer programs to help senior citizens hone their memory skills.

“It’s a touchscreen so what happens is it will ask you several questions,” Maxwell says. “It will then give you visual, spatial, all different kinds of memory exercises where you are challenged to remember certain key things.”

82 year old Shirley Jimmerson once worried about losing her memory.

“We tend to get lazy memory habits and say ‘oh well that’s part of getting old’,” she says.

After working with the system, she enjoyed what she calls a ‘brain boost.’

“One of our homework assignments was to go shopping without your list, “she says. “I still do it to this day, it’s kind of a game I play with myself.”

Exercising the brain like the muscles and staying mentally fit.