Neurology Annandale VA

Try a wide variety of mental games, from crossword puzzles to computer games. Experts say seniors tend to do what they're good at over and over again. While that may improve proficiency, it doesn't form new neuronal connections or boost neurotransmitter production in the brain like new and diverse experiences do.

Mark Stephen Godec, MD
Annandale, VA
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Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1986

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Robert Marc Gorsen, MD
(703) 573-4700
3301 Woodburn Rd Ste 211
Annandale, VA
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Neurological Surgery
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Male
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Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1982

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John F Hamilton
(703) 970-2670
8503 Arlington Blvd
Fairfax, VA
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Neurosurgery

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Lawrence E Zarchin
(703) 876-0800
3020 Hamaker Ct
Fairfax, VA
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Neurology

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Robert Nevin Kurtzke, MD
(703) 876-0800
3020 Hamaker Ct Ste 400
Fairfax, VA
Specialties
Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1985

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Sean Shahin Alireza Jebraili, MD
PO Box 531
Annandale, VA
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Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1994

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Ronald Jack Bortnick, MD
(703) 573-1144
3301 Woodburn Rd Ste 209
Annandale, VA
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Neurological Surgery
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Male
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Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1959
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Hospital: Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, Dc; Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Va

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Sahar S Barayan
(703) 776-2545
8505 Arlington Blvd
Fairfax, VA
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Neurology

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Kathleen B French, MD
(703) 641-4877
3020 Hamaker Ct Ste B104
Fairfax, VA
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
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Female
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Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1980

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(703) 207-2818
8550 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA
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7 Ways to Save Your Brain

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A 2009 Mayo Clinic study found that of 1,300 people ages 70 to 89, those that had regularly engaged in mentally challenging activities, such as reading, playing games, and doing crafts, in their 50s and early 60s were 40 percent less likely to develop memory loss than those who hadn’t. Follow these simple steps to stay sharp as you age.

Hone your manual skills: Learn a new instrument, start quilting, build a model airplane, or get going on those carpentry projects you’ve been putting off. Such activities not only help promote hand and finger dexterity, they also foster the development of new neural connections.

Learn one new word every day: This engages the brain’s language centers, frontal lobe, and memory circuits. “It’s like aerobics for your brain,” says George Washington University Neurology Professor Richard Restak, MD.

Challenge your short-term memory: Although iPhones and BlackBerries may be convenient, they have one downside: They’ve robbed us of the need to commit things to memory. Do it anyway. Memorize your grocery list, your friends’ phone numbers, the US presidents in order, every state’s capital city. As the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you lose it.

Mix it up: Try a wide variety of mental games, from crossword puzzles to computer games. Experts say seniors tend to do what they’re good at—over and over again. While that may improve proficiency, it doesn’t form new neuronal connections or boost neurotransmitter production in the brain like new and diverse experiences do.

Be friendly: Engage in social activities as much as possible. Multiple studies have shown that living a solo life can vastly increase your risk of dementia. One recent Swedish study of 2,000 men and women found that people living alone at age 50 had twice the risk of developing dementia 21 years later than those who were living with a partner in middle age.

Shut the TV off: Research shows that those who watch minimal TV are as much as 50 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Keep working: Resist the temptation to retire early. A recent British study of 382 men found a significant association between later retirement and later onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

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