Resources for Reducing Mental Decline

Founder of Another8, Scott Robarge spends his days recruiting professionals for technology companies in the Bay Area. Away from his career, Scott Robarge is a dedicated supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Exercising the brain aids in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association states that brain fitness involves four factors, inclding a proper diet, physical exercise, social activity, and mental activity. The latter focuses on developing new connections and cells in the brain to deter mental decline.

Resources that can help a person build cognitive strength include the books Get Your Brain in the Fast Lane by Dr. Michel Noir and Bernard Croisile and The Memory Bible: An Innovative Strategy for Keeping Your Brain Young by Gary Small. Likewise, websites such as Luminosity offer more than 40 games that are specifically designed to train the brain. The science-based games focus on different areas, like memory and problem solving. To ensure constant mental fitness, Luminosity sends out training alerts that remind a person to play a game and try out experimental tools. Users can also access data on how other Luminosity members perform on an activity based on age groups.


The Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Fundraising to Fight the Disease

A recruiter with more than a decade of experience in the field, Scott Robarge founded Another8, a recruiting firm that specializes in partnering with early- to mid-stage technology companies, in 2010. Outside of work, Scott Robarge is a longtime supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The nation’s leading Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, support, and research organization, the Alzheimer’s Association was established in 1980. With a vision of a world without the disease, the association provides care and support through local chapters, online resources, and a telephone helpline that gives advice and information to more than 250,000 callers every year.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s annual event, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, is the largest awareness and fundraising event for the disease in the world. Although it has no entry fee, the association receives donations and pledges from the walkers. Nearly 500,000 walkers from more than 600 communities participate in the annual event. During the 2- to 3-mile route, participants wear wristbands with a Promise Garden flower that indicates their relationship to the disease. People with Alzheimer’s receive blue flower wristbands, while yellow flowers are for people who currently support or care for someone with the disease. Participants who have lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s receive purple flower wristbands, and orange flowers are for people who do not fall under the other categories but who support the association’s cause.