Brain Training Combats Dementia

Henry James By Henry James, 3rd Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/22f1rsrz/
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How can playing computer games and other mind games help you keep your mind?

It is a frequent concern in the modern world, what happens when we get older?

We have challenged some of the nastier illnesses and health issues that cut down people in their physical prime, and now we are experiencing a new problem of geriatric health. With correct care and diet the human body can last for up to 80 years with ease. The problem is mental health. We fear the failing mental alertness and the onset of Dementia. The body may be in perfect working order, but it is a hollow vessel. A horrifying prospect for anyone who makes thinking their career and lifestyle.

New Research

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11152374

A recent BBC article claims that the simple mental activity of doing the crossword or sudoku can hold off the onset of Dementia and Alzheimers. It claims that those in the test who used the crosswords and sudoku were 50% slower in mental decline. The ones who remained mentally active were less likely to experience a slow decline into dementia, instead, a quick onset before death. While not a pleasant prospect, it is easier to accept a death where we are closer to compus mentis than a long drawn out mental decline over many years.

Technology or the old fashioned way?

Another more modern Brain training activity has been the Nintendo DS ‘Brain Training’ games. It offers the mind challenges that can hold off mental decline.

it is an expensive alternative to reading a book, doing a crossword or going to a Museum, but if you have the money, it’s worth the investment
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I think overall, the key to remaining compus mentis in your autumn years is to remain intellectually active, do stuff. Don’t become that aged person that waddles to the shops once a week then sits infront of the TV for the rest of it. Start making yourself mentally active now, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to write a sarcastic letter back to the Queen when she sends a 100 year Birthday card.

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Brain Training, Crosswords, Cures, Dementia, Education, Learning, Museums, Sudoku

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author avatar Denise O
3rd Sep 2010 (#)

I love your advice in your article.
It seems like such a small thing, as in doing a cross word puzzle but, you would be amazed how many people just do not think of the benefits of a puzzle a day. Thanks for sharing

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