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Phone: 215-697-8086

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Phone: 215-697-8031

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Phone: 215-697-8005

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Brain Fitness

Posted on: Mar 03, 2015

brain fitnessFor adults concerned that their cognitive abilities may fade as they age, there’s some good news. Exciting findings reveal that engaging in deliberate “brain fitness” program can yield significant benefits – just like a daily exercise regimen.

Normal aging causes changes in the brain. Even healthy individuals experience some decline in cognitive ability. The brain is like any other muscle. It needs exercise to stay in shape. The more exercise it gets the better the brain is at processing information. Memory exercises can help both long and short-term memory recall.

Some effective memory exercises include: crossword puzzles, Sudoku, card games, chess, and reading. A memory study conducted by the Mayo Clinic found that seniors who read, play games, work on the computer, or make crafts such as pottery or quilting had a 30 to 50 percent decrease in memory loss compared to people who did not participate in those activities.

Alzheimer’s Disease is now as much as an epidemic as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease in the United States. It is the sixth-leading cause of death for all Americans. Every 67 seconds another American will develop Alzheimer’s Disease. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s because there is no way to replace brain tissue once it has died. So start engaging in some mental stimulation today. We offer our residents the same opportunity with our Wisdom in Senior Education (WiSE) classes. Ranging in different topics from Wii Bowling to stenciling, WiSE classes are offered four semesters per year, with fun and engaging activities offered every semester.

Jennifer A. Honeyford, CTRS
Director of Recreation Therapy at PPh

What Residents Say

"In my two years at PPh, I’ve grown to like it very much. At first, I felt like a stranger and then as I began to talk to people, we increasingly became good friends. A way to meet people is to join clubs. I’m now part of the PPh Auxiliary. I love helping with their flea markets because you never know what you can find. Recently, I’ve joined an evening quilting class. I love that I can continue to enjoy my life outside of PPh while experiencing the offers here.….especially the pool! Everything is just so convenient.

– Lucille Hite, Independent Living resident

What Families Say

"My mom is sooo happy at PPh, I can’t even describe it in strong enough words. She’s met so many new friends and these ladies do EVERYTHING together! She sees Dad every day in Pathways, but can have her life too. She’s gone to so many activities and I think I’ve already been to Scoops with her at least 15 times. She loves the dining room and Bistro too. My sister, Ilene, and I are so delighted that Mom is happy.......Wow, it feels like Mom’s been there about 2 years—but it’s only 2 months!! That’s how comfortable and natural it feels for her – and for all of us.

– Rhonda Frenkel, daughter of residents Jack & Bernice Segal