The administrators at King David Community Center always pay attention to new scientific articles and discoveries on working with elderly people, and as soon as a new scientific innovation proves its worth, they implement it in their daily practices right away.
Not so long ago, scientists proved that consistent mental and emotional exercise increases life-span, improves mental stability, and greatly lowers the risk for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
Immediately, we asked the question – how can we apply these scientific discoveries to the daily activities at King David Community Center? The question was answered quickly: quizzes and the lottery. These activities improve the reaction and thought-process of our visitors, and promote a healthy sense of excitement and the desire to win. The good mood they offer also goes without saying; because, who of us has not watched a quiz show on TV and put themselves in the shoes of the contestants, feeling great joy from finding an answer even faster than a renowned scholar?
The visitors of the Community Center have also found these activities very much to their liking. Now, almost every day, local scholars settle their disputes at the King David Community Center, trying to prove to themselves and to others, that those things that were common knowledge many years ago do not go forgotten. With pride, they recall the distant French kings of the fifteenth century, as well as the classic heroes of classic American movies.
Many of us know that people only use a small percentage of their brain's potential, and with age, these percentages only get smaller. Only consistent mental exercise can slow this joyless process. Therefore, the feeling of deepest gratitude for those at King David Community Center comes from the fact that, by keeping up with the most modern scientific methods, we are helping extend the life-span and mental capacity of our visitors.
In fact, on an interesting side-note: we have learned from one of our very own eighty-year-old scholars that the word “quiz” was first used in the early 1920's by a famous writer and journalist, Mikhail Koltsov. And the entertainment column of Koltsov's newspaper, including charades, riddles, and quizzes, was led by a member of his staff named Victor. This is how the little words came to be, that we now know to not only be great entertainment, but to also promote longevity and mental functions.
Scientists have long concluded that age is the major determining factor in worsening mental-function, and especially memory loss. Unfortunately, because of this our society has developed an incorrect stereotypical belief about memory loss – that it is irreversible, and that it is as clear a sign of aging as wrinkles, or graying hair. However, the professionals at King David Community center, based on the latest achievements of modern science, are convinced of exactly the opposite. Because of this, the Community Center always offers its clients a wide variety of activities, aimed at continuing their current mental capacities and restoring those already lost.
Speaking to memory loss in the elderly – the professionals at King David realize that, when first noticing signs of memory loss, most people are embarrassed to talk about it, and not only with their friends or family, but even their doctor. So we always maintain the highest level of tact, patience, and polite persistence, to allow each person to open up and share the concerns troubling them.
After all, this is most important, as catching the disease in its early stages makes it easier to prevent and reverse. Therefore, the Center always offers different intellectual games, quizzes, crosswords, and puzzles, that not only help train the brain of our clients, but also improve their self-esteem. Guided by the recommendations of advanced modern psychologists and psychoanalysts, the medical professionals at Kind David also conduct regular interviews, casually talking about people's lives, helping them keep a clear mind, and a clear memory well in to old age. When taking in to account the examples of Leonardo Da Vinci, Leo Tolstoy, Bernard Shaw, Valesquez, and others – history has proven beyond a doubt. Now if we add to this history – modern medicine, which has greatly improved over centuries of progress, we can begin to see how the concerns of an individual over the loss of their memory in old age begins to disappear – which is obviously a very positive effect of this practice.
In addition to mental exercise, the administrators and staff of King David Community Center also engage their seniors in physical activity, which promotes blood-flow to the brain and also ensures mental longevity. So if you suddenly notice you have forgotten your keys somewhere around the house, don't worry – this is not a disease, but an ordinary scattering. And if you start to notice forgetting things like this on a more regular basis, please do not hesitate to talk about it with our medical staff. They will gladly help.