Mental exercises 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’re 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.
So just what sort of mental exercises tunes up the brain and gets it firing on all cylinders?
Unlike physical exercise, mental exercises for can be fun and enjoyable. Even playing games can fire up the neurons. Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Playing cards is good mental exercise, and bridge is often touted as an exceptionally good card game to get you thinking.
- 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, and books of games are easy to find in shops.
- 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! If you’re still working then continuing education not only helps keep Alzheimer’s at bay, it’s a good way to keep at the top in your job or profession.
- Learning new computer program or game can be good mental exercise, and there 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.
Mental exercises can make a big difference to your life. Why not get started now, and keep challenging your brain. It’s worth the effort.