Exercising the Brain
Use it or lose it! Mental exercises for Alzheimer’s are not only a powerful preventative measure, they can tone and build the brain and memory of an Alzheimer sufferer the way physical exercise tones and builds the body. Using fun and enjoyable mental exercises gives you years of quality time. Mental exercises for Alzheimer’s can slow down, halt, or even help to reverse the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Unfortunately, normal day-to-day living usually doesn’t give the neuron sharpening exercise you need. The good news is that you are never too old to start boosting your brainpower, and it can be fun.
The fact that mental exercises can bolster your brain has even been discovered by the press. The Daily Mail in England reports that volunteers aged 65 and over who did just ten hours of training their memory, problem-solving, and reaction times had mental abilities similar to people seven to fourteen years younger who hadn’t done such exercises.
Studies show that staying mentally active can slash the chance of getting Alzheimer’s by fifty percent. Even the schoolwork that you did when you were young has an effect. A study carried out in China showed that those with no schooling were five times more likely to get Alzheimer’s disease than those who graduated from high school. A Swedish study showed that those with schooling below grade eight were two and a half times more likely to get AD.
Luckily you don’t have to do the mental equivalent of sit-ups and push-ups. Mental exercises for Alzheimer’s can be fun and enjoyable. Playing games can even fire up the neurons.
Mental Exercises for Alzheimer’s
So just what sort of mental exercise tunes up the brain and gets it firing on all cylinders? Here are some ideas.
– Playing cards is a good mental exercise, the game bridge is an exceptionally good card game for the brain
– Sudoku is a Japanese number game that takes concentration. The local newspaper will often have a game of Sudoku in it near the crossword puzzle.
– Scrabble, crossword puzzles, and jigsaws are all good for the grey matter.
– The solitaire games of FreeCell and Spider are good too, and you can play them on your computer.
– Keep learning! Continuing education not only helps keep Alzheimer’s at bay, but it is also a good way to keep at the top in your job or profession.
– Learning new computer programs can be a good mental exercise, and there are lots to choose from. Go to your favorite computer store and check out the titles. You could learn a photo editing program and turn your snapshots into masterpieces, or get a genealogy program and research your family tree for example.
– Learn a challenging computer game. Why not become an entrepreneur running your own virtual reality railway, airline, zoo, or much more? Learn to fly with a flight simulator and go almost anywhere in the world right from your own living room. You can battle anything from the ancient Romans to intergalactic warriors. There are lots of online games too, where you can compete against other players anywhere in the world any time of the night or day.
– Build your own website. Share your hobbies, interests, or expertise with the rest of the world.
– Consider taking an online class. It could be photography, cooking, or advanced calculus. Academic courses will really get your brain working. That is to say, it will feel as though you’re cleaning all the rust off your brain, getting it operating more freely until it’s running smoothly again.
Unless it’s something mentally stimulating, consider watching less television. Passively watching sitcoms and soap operas dulls the brain you’re trying to sharpen. Mental exercises can make a big difference to your life, whether you’re trying to prevent Alzheimer’s or already have it. That is to say, years of life can be gained that could otherwise be lost. To sum up, get started now, and keep challenging your brain. It’s worth the effort.