7 Steps to a Sharper Memory

Summary Points

  • Tips for a better memory

As we prepare for Healthy Aging Month in September, we are reminded of how forgetful we can be. We all forget a name or misplace the car keys from time to time.  But as we grow older, the “senior moments” seem to grow distressingly more common.  The good news is that such occasional lapses I memory are normal.  Even better, recent research has found that we may be able to fight forgetfulness by engaging in activities that stimulate the growth of new connections and keep our brains young.

  1. Use it or lose it. A major study found that, as a group, seniors who engaged in mentally stimulating hobbies like reading books or playing board games lowered their risk of developing Alzheimer’s. The more frequent the stimulation, the greater the benefits.
  2. Dancing also specifically helped seniors lower their risk of Alzheimer’s, the study found.  Heart-healthy aerobic activities, whether laps in the pool or a trot around the block, improve oxygen-rich blood flow throughout the body, including the brain.
  3. Eat smart. A balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables, rich in antioxidants like vitamins C, D, and E, may protect brain cells from damage, studies suggest.  Although there’s no compelling evidence that particular nutrients can boost memory or make you smarter, foods rich in omega-3 fats, such as wild salmon, sardines, walnuts, and flaxseed, may be particularly good for promoting the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain.  Interestingly, two studies have shown that taking vitamin supplements does not reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s; only intake through nutrient-rich food was found to be beneficial.  Vitamin E is found in wheat germ, plant oils, margarine, cabbage, sunflower seeds & nuts.
  4. Enjoy individual pleasures, like listening to music or reading a good book, to help keep the brain focused and alert.
  5. Challenge your brain. For strong biceps, you exercise.  Do the same thing in the mental sphere.  See how many landmarks you’ve correctly recalled during your morning commute.
  6. Vary your routine. Even better, take a different route to work.  Travel in general provides tremendous stimulation for the brain.
  7. Maintain emotional fitness. Constant worry can trigger hormones that damage brain cells and leave you feeling tired and distracted.  Frequent interactions with family, friends or even a cherished pet are key to defusing stress and achieving a sense of well-being, experts say.

Michael Baron, D.O.
Chairman, Board of Directors, Physicians’ Care Clinic

Asset Management

The Lease Transfer Agreement clearly states The FDHA’s responsibility for ensuring that all facilities currently operated by Grady are properly maintained and operated. This mandate goes beyond functioning as a landlord, but rather speaks to an expected standard of care for all. The FDHA and Grady must work collaboratively to ensure that all Grady facilities go beyond the minimum standard of “fit for use” so that the quality of Grady facilities is consistent with that of any other high-functioning hospitals.

Innovative Strategies and Initiatives

The most recent pandemic brought gaping healthcare disparities to light. As Georgia’s larg- est safety net hospital (and only safety net hospital in Metro Atlanta due to the closure of Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center), Grady continues to see increased service demands. Often, the medically indigent and underserved use the emergency room for primary care services. Issues like housing insecurity and poverty place additional strain on the Grady Health System, particularly when other factors (outside of the hospital walls) inform one’s overall wellbeing. As Grady continues to seek ways to improve health outcomes in the community, The FDHA is tasked with identifying innovative ways to support Grady’s efforts and broaden its reach into targeted sectors of the community. This pillar also speaks to The FDHA’s efforts to work collaboratively through grantmaking with organizations whose mission, vision, and work align with The FDHA’s priorities and goals. Through structured strategic partnerships, focused and aligned grant making, and ongoing community engagement, The FDHA will assume a leadership role in the health ecosystem.

Stakeholder Engagement

There are many stakeholders within the Fulton/DeKalb health ecosystem. Stakeholders can be characterizedas individuals, groups, or organizations whose efforts either inform healthcare outcomes or are impacted by healthcare outcomes. Grady remains The FDHA’s most important partner in this effort and a key stakeholder in the health ecosystem. As the daily operators of all of Grady’s health facilities, hundreds of thousands of patients per year (more than 700,000) are impacted. Maintaining consistent communication and collaboration with Grady’s Executive Leadership Team and staff is central to the success of The FDHA.


Similarly, The FDHA’s alignment and support of Grady’s population health and community engagement efforts are invaluable. As a grantor, The FDHA has an extensive network of community-based partners that work daily to provide direct services and/or support various health priorities. Many of these organizations provide services directly related to social determinants of health (i.e., housing, education, transportation, etc.) thereby adding value to the continuum of care. As The FDHA seeks to embrace a more prominent role as a convener, organizer, and facilitator in the health ecosystem, engaging stakeholders with purpose and intentionality becomes increasingly important.

Organizational Capacity & Accountability

The FDHA’s obligations, relative to its role as owners of the facilities operated by Grady and stewards of county resources entrusted to Grady, require the requisite skills of staff to execute key administrative and regulatory functions. Establishing and maintaining a staffing model that adequately responds to the needs of the agency is vital. Of equal importance is the establishment and maintenance of high-functioning financial management systems and general operations controls. Critical front and back-office functions should be insulated from staff turnover or shifts in organizational priorities. The provision of ongoing staff development opportunities will ensure that team members stay abreast of industry standards, best practices, and leading-edge opportunities. In addition, the curation and maintenance of financial management best practices ensure organizational accountability and responsiveness.

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