I really like the ideas about learning new languages and instruments though- that is right up my alley. Whenever I read articles about this subject they always seem to emphasize stuff like crossword puzzles(hate them), bridge(no clue what that’s about but I hate card games) etc so I figured I’d be doomed some day if this was the only way to keep one’s brain in shape. But learning new languages and instruments- sign me up! Of course this will only encourage my tendencies towards new instruments- am learning 3 new ones at present to go along with what I already play- but hey- this will keep my mind functional when I’m old so it’s for a good cause…… and really, really want to learn to play the Uilleann Pipes so that would keep me occupied for decades!
Patient . was a white male born in 1940 who served in the Navy. He was diagnosed with chronic renal failure and received hemodialysis treatment for the rest of his life. In 1983, he went to the hospital for elective parathyroidectomy. He also had a left thyroid lobectomy because of the severe loss of blood in his left lobe. He began having cardiac problems as a result of the surgery and became very agitated. Even five days after being released from the hospital he was unable to remember what had happened to him. Aside from memory impairment, none of his other cognitive processes seemed to be affected. He did not want to be involved in much research, but through memory tests he took with doctors, they were able to ascertain that his memory problems were present for the next years until his death. After he died, his brain was donated to science, photographed, and preserved for future study.