Neurology Takoma Park MD

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.

David Kessler, MD
(301) 891-6097
7610 Carroll Ave Ste 480
Takoma Park, MD
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Neurological Surgery
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Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1962

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Eilis Ann Boudreau, MD
Silver Spring, MD
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Neurology
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Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1996

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Roderick Vincent Starkie
(202) 782-1661
6900 Georgia Ave Nw
Washington, DC
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Neurology

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James Michael Ecklund, MD
(202) 782-9804
6900 Georgia Ave NW Bldg 2 Rm 6446
Washington, DC
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Neurological Surgery
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Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1987

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Christopher James Neal, MD
(202) 782-9801
6900 Georgia Ave NW Bldg 2 Rm 6446
Washington, DC
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Neurological Surgery
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 2001

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David Michael Bartoszek
(202) 782-8652
6900 Georgia Ave Nw
Washington, DC
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Neurology

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Jonathan Edward Gilhooly, MD
(202) 782-9801
6900 Georgia Ave NW Bldg 2 Rm 6446
Washington, DC
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
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Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 2001

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Dennis James Geyer, MD
(202) 782-9800
6825 Georgia Ave N W,
Washington, DC
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Neurological Surgery
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Male
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Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 2000

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Mario J Cardoso, MD
(240) 277-5400
Bldg 2 Rm 6Z39 6th Fl 6825 Georgia Ave N W
Washington, DC
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Neurological Surgery
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2004

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Bahman Jabbari, MD
Dept Of Neurology
Washington, DC
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Neurology
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Male
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Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1966

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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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