5/21/2014 12:58:00 PM Keep the body moving to lessen memory loss
Review/ Salina Sialega
Lorrie Nebrig, a speech and language pathologist from the Physical Rehabilitation Department at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott, made a presentation about “The Aging Brain” May 13 at the Chino Valley Senior Center to about 30 people.
Review/ Salina Sialega
Chino Valley couple, Paula and George Cooper, left, discuss a presentation made by a health professional from Yavapai Regional Medical Center May 13 at the Chino Valley Senior Center.
Taking a person's vital signs include the familiar heart rate and blood pressure. But Lorrie Nebrig, a speech and language pathologist from Yavapai Regional Medical Center, said that experts in her field are saying there is a new vital sign - mobility.
"Stop moving and your mortality rate goes through the roof," Nebrig said.
Nebrig made a presentation about "The Aging Brain - Combat 'Senior' Moments" to a crowd of about 30 people May 13 at the Chino Valley Senior Center.
Keeping the brain healthy and thriving includes physical exercise, as well as mental exercises, she said.
Nebrig advised the crowd of mostly older people to do something - anything ¬ to keep moving every day, and do a little more two to three times a week.
In our younger years, our memory power is strong, but by age 25-30, we start to level off, Nebrig explained.
"If you want to be a rocket scientist, you'd better do it by then," she said.
Aging not only weakens muscles and lessens the flexibility of tendons, it slows down brain function.
"Memory loss is not something to be frightened of," Nebrig assured people. "There is a ton of ways to be mentally fit."
To help the brain's memory as we age, people must focus on two basics - organization and attention. Being more organized, such as making to-do lists adfnd using a calendar as a reminder, will help the memory. She suggested having a "command central," a desk or table in the home as a place to keep the list, calendar, a note pad and a telephone.
Nebrig talked about four levels of attention: sustained, selective, alternating and divided. To sustain one's attention, a person must focus, then select whatever is they want, and "turn on the attention switch." An example is when someone is talking to