Climb For Memory is a non-profit organization geared towards raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease research by organizing mountain climbs around the world. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the highest ranked causes of death in the US and currently has no cure. Alzheimer’s affects the brain – specifically memory loss, thinking, and behavior. We advocate a lifestyle that promotes brain health as an integral part of overall health. A healthy brain can be maintained with the right diet, frequent exercise, and most importantly, regular mental stimulation (memorization, doing crossword puzzles, learning a new skill). Many studies have show that this kind of lifestyle can delay and even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
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Nelson Dellis, Founder & CEO
His journey began shortly after his grandmother suddenly passed away in the summer of 2009, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for many years prior. Seeing first-hand the deterioration of her mind was heartbreaking and scary. As a result, ever since late 2009, he has developed a passion for memory training and has noticeably improved his memory. He trains his memory daily and competes in memory competitions around the world. Why? Because he wants to keep his memory and mind active, in tune, and fully under his control. Nelson believes that keeping the mind fit and “exercising” the brain daily, can keep the mind sharp and delay, or even prevent, Alzheimer’s disease. As a result of this mindset (and his passion for mountain climbing), he founded Climb For Memory in early 2010.
Alzheimer’s disease is something that needs to be noticed. More precaution and research needs to take place in order for it not to be so prevalent in our elders’ lives. Many people think memory is a static thing; something that you are born with and can never change. Wrong. The memory can be shaped and strengthened just like any other muscle in the body. After Nelson’s grandmother passed away, he trained his memory consistently each day until he eventually became the 2011 and 2012 USA Memory Champion. Not only that, but he now holds two US memory records:
1). Fastest to memorize the order of a shuffled deck of playing cards – 63 seconds. 2). Most digits memorized in 5 minutes – 303 digits.
Nelson is living proof that memory can be improved. All it takes is an open mind, a bit of work each day, and the learning of some simple memory techniques.