Brain aerobics help slow memory loss 

Hope Levy, the lifelong learning specialist from City College of San Francisco, will be teaching free brain aerobic classes at the Main Library on Mondays to people older than 55 and for anyone suffering from memory loss.

What can people expect from your class?

The idea is that we do this class in a social setting. Anybody could do crossword puzzles, but what makes our class unique is that it really involves the social component. It makes you realize you’re in good company.

Why take the class?

It presents some level of challenge to us, so if you are destined to get some form of dementia it’s a good chance to take charge.

What’s with the brain exercises?

Anything that any individual does to challenge their brain is very important. For example, if you find crosswords puzzles to be easy, you should try something more difficult. Lack of activity is the brain’s first enemy.

What should people who are self-conscious about their memory loss know?

The anxiety level people tend to have about having ordinary memory lapse is normal, and it doesn’t mean that you’re going to be getting Alzheimer’s if you can’t remember someone’s name from one minute to the next. It’s normal. It’s ordinary. It’s common, and people get worried when they find these problems happening, which can only become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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