In addition to his role as founder of Another8, a recruiting firm that partners with technology companies in the Bay Area, Scott Robarge helps to support those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, a neurodegenerative illness that affects millions of people and their families. Scott Robarge supports the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, a nationwide group that informs and educates the public about this illness and how to cope with it.
While Alzheimer’s disease is traditionally thought of as an affliction that only affects the elderly, in reality about 5 percent of those diagnosed with the disease are still in their 40s and 50s. Diagnosis can be challenging, however; because few people expect those under 65 to contract the disease, signs of Alzheimer’s in this age range are often missed. Many doctors will conclude that problems with memory or focus are the result of stress, rather than neurological illness. Those with persistent memory problems should contact a doctor with extensive experience with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases to undergo cognitive tests and a medical exam.
Scott Robarge, a supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association, is a recruiting/staffing professional who founded Another8 in 2010. He and his team at Another8 partner with hyper-growth technology firms in the Bay Area and the Boulder/Denver area, to ensure they have the resources necessary to meet their talent needs. Outside of his work at Another8, Scott Robarge is interested in resources for brain training in old age.
Physical decline is expected as the body ages, but many individuals are more concerned with the state of their mind. There are a number of simple steps a person can take to keep the brain sharp. Reading is an obvious tool, but more importantly, individuals should never stop learning. Whether you are a recent college graduate or a new retiree, fill your free time with a hobby that involves new skills to learn and information to be processed. The brain is a machine that should always be in use. Interests that involve multiple senses will engage the brain in different ways and further improve its functions.
At the same time, as we age, we must be wary of our limitations. Minimizing the mental energy expended on mundane tasks is essential to keeping the mind sharp for important moments. Using calendars and planners can help, as can a dedication to simple routines; spending half an hour searching for the TV remote is more mentally tiring than one might think. Keep small, frequently used items in a specific place. Finally, take advantage of the time and freedom old age provides. Repetition is helpful for brain training, but only when properly timed. If an activity is growing boring or frustrating, take a break and move on to something else.
As founder of Another8, a recruiting firm based in the Silicon Valley area, Scott Robarge helps growth-oriented companies tap into the power of social media recruiting. Robarge’s use of social media tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter is a small part of how he consults with companies to utilize technology to identify, engage and manage talent. This belief in the effectiveness of recruiting technology is a product of his previous recruiting experience during the late 1990s tech boom and his engineering background. Outside of work, Scott Robarge supports the Alzheimer’s Association.
In keeping with its goal of supporting research into Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Association recently announced a partnership with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation. The joint project, known as Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Disease (BAND), will use data from the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative and the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative.
Officials from the foundations believe that analysis of the data produced by these initiatives could provide more insight into both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, which share many clinical symptoms and biological characteristics.