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I would be failing in my role as your Memory Matters correspondent if I did not return to the subject of the last Connections program. Specifically the subject of “chunking” which is one strategy that can be used to improve a person’s short-term memory. It involves reducing long strings of information that can be difficult to remember down into shorter, more manageable chunks.
You will recall in my last post that we had challenged the participants to use chunking to more easily recall a long series of unconnected words that, for example, might be found on a shopping list. Then at the end of the day’s program we had tested their memories and were delighted with the short term response.
Now a week later we started the Connections program with a call to remember the same words, and I am excited to report that not only were they successful, but they were still using the chunking technique to achieve their goal. We are so very proud of our Club Members!
If ever there was a need for evidence to prove that these memory stimulating techniques and challenges really do work, well it was right here!
Not satisfied with one brain stretching exercise, Program Director Melissa led us in three other word puzzle challenges that once again exercised the minds of our participants, and volunteers, including your humble correspondent!
We have one gentleman (a Club Member) who is usually the first person to complete any puzzle we set, so Melissa challenged him to a timed run at a puzzle that involved adding missing letters to the names of fifteen animals. There were several missing letters to each word. I can report that he achieved the goal in 58.47 seconds which by any measure or standard would be described as amazing. Wow!
Our Club Members work hard to enjoy themselves in the five hours they are in our care, but they have fun doing so, and we enjoy sharing in their success.
“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” ~ Aristotle
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