People sometimes associate sitting in front of a computer with ‘brain drain’ but that doesn’t have to be the case. Now computers are being used to exercise your mind.

List in hand, Karen Mock is about to take on the grocery store.

“It’s a way of guaranteeing i will get what i intended to buy, rather than forgetting it halfway through the store,” Mock says.

She’s mindful of her memory and uses visualization to keep herself sharp.

“When I’m thinking of the grocery store, I’m thinking of the aisles and which aisles I need to go down for the items that I’m looking for.”

Science is leaning towards Karen’s way of thinking. That people can exercise their mind to keep memory fresh. It’s why Lee Memorial Health System’s Sue Maxwell created the Memory Spa.

“There's really no true definition of what a memory spa is, this is kind of my concept or the concept of really just putting together computers to test your memory,” Maxwell says.

Located within the Share Club of North Fort Myers, it consists of a bank of specialized, touch screen computers that give your brain a boost.

“We teach people in the class how to do this,” Maxwell demonstrates. “We actually give them ten words, we do it three times, we give them ten words and then they have to remember those words.”

Instead of multitasking- the memory spa focuses on doing one thing at a time, and doing it well. They’re finding the practice pays off.

“The first time they do about five the third time by they’re doing it they’re getting all ten of them perfect,” Maxwell says.

Games vary but the message is the same.

“We feel that the more exercise you do the better your body is, the more you work your brain maybe the better off your brain will be.”

When it comes to memory building, minding your own business are words to live by.

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Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we've been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries.

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