The administrators at King David Community Center always pay attention to new scientific articles and discoveries on working with elderly people, and as soon as a new scientific innovation proves its worth, they implement it in their daily practices right away.
Not so long ago, scientists proved that consistent mental and emotional exercise increases life-span, improves mental stability, and greatly lowers the risk for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
Immediately, we asked the question – how can we apply these scientific discoveries to the daily activities at King David Community Center? The question was answered quickly: quizzes and the lottery. These activities improve the reaction and thought-process of our visitors, and promote a healthy sense of excitement and the desire to win. The good mood they offer also goes without saying; because, who of us has not watched a quiz show on TV and put themselves in the shoes of the contestants, feeling great joy from finding an answer even faster than a renowned scholar?
The visitors of the Community Center have also found these activities very much to their liking. Now, almost every day, local scholars settle their disputes at the King David Community Center, trying to prove to themselves and to others, that those things that were common knowledge many years ago do not go forgotten. With pride, they recall the distant French kings of the fifteenth century, as well as the classic heroes of classic American movies.
Many of us know that people only use a small percentage of their brain's potential, and with age, these percentages only get smaller. Only consistent mental exercise can slow this joyless process. Therefore, the feeling of deepest gratitude for those at King David Community Center comes from the fact that, by keeping up with the most modern scientific methods, we are helping extend the life-span and mental capacity of our visitors.
In fact, on an interesting side-note: we have learned from one of our very own eighty-year-old scholars that the word “quiz” was first used in the early 1920's by a famous writer and journalist, Mikhail Koltsov. And the entertainment column of Koltsov's newspaper, including charades, riddles, and quizzes, was led by a member of his staff named Victor. This is how the little words came to be, that we now know to not only be great entertainment, but to also promote longevity and mental functions.