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Dementia is a disease that typically affects the elderly but recently.
And you cognitive condition has been discovered that will challenge young people in their teens and twenties is called.
Digital the mention.
Neurologist doctor Carolyn -- -- from saint -- Rosen will medical center here in New York City is here to talk about this new phenomenon.
Digital -- -- right that's right and I is that -- that I have that -- But what is that digital dimension well you know several studies actually this study were talking about in South Korea look to see the over use of technology and outweighs interfering with people's cognitive -- Primarily their short term memory.
So another US study also looked at about 19% of the people that they looked at from eighteen to age 39 that they had for memory.
And one of the reasons is this over reliance on technology to full recall exactly -- I don't know something -- only need to memorize it.
You know goes the big sand around my houses frank got through Google.
-- meanwhile I have was wolves.
That typical encyclopedias and I -- they look things -- you have an actual book yeah allowed you to use your right way to look at -- exactly like you know we've seen people who panicked when they lose their cell phone because everything's on there than not thinking of it right I don't know how many phone numbers that I am I right how many people get into the -- -- push GPS in order to find a direction.
So the problem is it that way using technology certainly which is good but we're overusing in many ways we're not relying on our brains to sort of retrieve the information when -- but -- You know what but you know when you hear the word dementia.
It has a very permanent definition to it.
Is this something that is it temporary hole or is we actually changing the way that our brains are really being rewire.
Well it's interesting because I think they're using dimension this case just -- mean a memory problem.
But you know if you think open evolutionary time period if we use the brain in this way and we don't use -- short term memory may be.
You know years and years and years we're gonna have difficulty with short term memory but what they're talking about now is that people -- over.
Using the technology.
And so you know instead of texting have an actual conversation with the -- instead using your phone all the time.
Actually think of things you know sometimes and people can't remember who was in a movie.
The first thing they do is look for their phone and -- all the answers no really you really -- says -- -- -- call -- on their own.
So I I called is that we're making people dumber.
We call -- dementia I call them -- Big question basically.
Is this is it up.
Are these new technologies and -- wanna get to the specific technologies which is worse maybe there's no difference but.
Is it is it going to create a permanent damage.
As you know let's say child you typically a child of the -- -- ten already get cell phone right here.
So if I were to project.
What did neurological function of that individual if indeed continues and that -- -- reliant on the digital technology so when they get to be fifty.
-- going to be permanently.
Scar from that I don't think there's any evidence to suggest that it's permanent now but really the call to arms is that if you don't.
Use your brain you're gonna lose it right and that maybe that -- -- brain will act if he will get smaller overtime until the function will be less than last but I think.
Now it's just a question of how do you balance technology -- also using your brain in an important way.
In order to keep it healthy right again only talking about before -- need to have conversations exercise do things other than always keep this.
-- -- -- So what I'm saying is look you can keep good technology but if you you've been atrophy your brain so here's what we gonna do.
-- I'll tell people out there what you gonna do.
Well have a conversation like we're doing right now I don't always -- you know.
You go to the restaurant you see people sitting over a -- and everybody is on a cell phone nobody's actually having a communication are talking section.
So that's important to exercise exercise improves the brain by getting blood flow and it's an important nutrients so that's important.
Three actually do -- you know you have to read a book -- -- -- book.
To get information try to look cool things on your own don't always go to the Internet -- go to your cell phone and order finances.
-- many advances in your own brain and actually -- seeing your retrieval mechanism of your memory allows your memory to get better and better over time.
So it's not that we're saying not to use technology is just we're -- to put it in its proper place.
That we want to promote brain health but at the same time sort of limit people's sort of reliance on -- hot.
Have -- been.
Studies don't I mean I I see a lot of that does a lot of commercials and doesn't pay attention to the all of these things.
Where -- a look that we you know joined us and we're gonna give you mental exercising.
Different kinds of things.
Has -- been shown that if you exercise your brain.
-- you tend to have more.
In other words like you boost your.
DP you or your ability to your ability to recall exactly like that you know I played chess -- -- -- -- -- -- start getting dumped him I usually do a marathon chess on the weekend.
Final -- for six hours straight.
And somehow old you know if I was very Red Sox aren't -- -- -- I don't know -- because you know it's either that of alcohol sort of check so.
But -- it does it make a difference when you really focus on mental exercising in changing the the what's happening later on.
We do it.
Could the brain gets -- it doesn't like the same things all the time so really to challenge yourself many states have been shown have been done to show.
That would people do things to challenge their brain during the course of their life they improved their memory for instance if you.
One a -- -- new language that really challenges your brain to use it in a different way than you have before.
Maybe learn to play an instrument that haven't played before when you're talking about chest very important in -- it.
Restructure -- rewiring how you think how you solve a problem -- predict.
You know 11 opponent's gonna do this feel opponents gonna do that -- so really it's important because it -- challenge your brain in different ways -- uses.
And normal daily way so it's so what do you puzzles and reading talking music exercised although it's.
Answer and you can pick those kind of those types of tips at any point in your life exactly you could be twining you could be bit but what you're saying his.
It's better for people to start thinking about it.
Which is attached to their electronics.
Educated so this is that this is the call you wanted to but it.
Both arms we want everybody to have good brain -- So it's you know a lesson for everyone but as you say people who are really tied to their technology really had a cellphone on there have been -- it -- -- -- You know give it a rest give -- a little bit of arrested use your brain your brain is there for you right -- you wanna keep them healthy so parents listen up because this is the -- the only thing I cannot keep up.
Is they give up -- my GPS well and find a direction and you throw me.
And on trade -- it -- Thank you so much for -- thank you -- hadn't.
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