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Brain Games

Monday, December 09, 2013

Q: Is it true that numerical games like Sudoku and KenKen help protect the brain---and even stave off Alzheimer's disease?

A: Possibly. Age and genetics are the main determinants of a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Lifestyle factors such as a poor diet and lack of exercise may also play a role. But a recent study of 294 adults 55 and older in the journal Neurology suggested that more frequent cognitive activity across a life-span may help slow cognitive decline even in people whose brains show signs of dementia. Mentally stimulating activities may improve the connections between brain cells and even help gererate new nerve cells. Such stimulation can come from games like crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and chess, or from hobbies as diverse as reading, learning a new language, attending lectures, quilting, gardening, or volunteering.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health October 2013

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MARGEMF 12/10/2013 1:13PM

    Thank-you for the post. A good source that I have found for 'brain exercises' are games I found with my laptop. Some email providers such as Yahoo have their own assortment of games. Or you can do others online without having to download anything into your computer. There are many types, however, the category 'Strategy' has many fun yet brain stimulating games as you need to think to solve. Initially the solutions are easy but as you progress they naturally become more & more difficult. Just a FYI.

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    Thanks for sharing this!!

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SHOAPIE 12/9/2013 10:29PM


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IMREITE 12/9/2013 9:19PM

    It is good to use your brain in creative and logical ways.

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ARTJAC 12/9/2013 9:17PM


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1CRAZYDOG 12/9/2013 9:07PM

    Interesting! Thank you.

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MARITIMER3 12/9/2013 9:06PM

    I'm adopted, so don't know my medical background, but worry about dementia because of people I've known who suffered from it.

I keep very busy with volunteer work at church, 2 study groups, puzzles, researching travel, gardening and reading. I also exercise regularly, and hope that this might prevent or at least delay the onset, should I develop it.

There's not much point having a longer life if you can't remember it.

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GINNABOOTS 12/9/2013 7:09PM

    Very good information. My mother died from Alzheimer's so I do everything I can to prevent me getting it. I read a lot, eat healthy and exercise. I do have to start incorporating some crossword puzzles. I must already have a touch of it because I just don't get Sudoku and I always thought I was rather

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123ELAINE456 12/9/2013 6:36PM

  I wonder if Sparking is on that list too. Would be nice if it was.

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SHERYLDS 12/9/2013 5:44PM

    I do 3 crosswords, 1 Sudoku and a hidden object game every day. I watch Korean and Spanish dramas on the computer. I design spreadsheets in a matter of minutes.
Just don't ask me to figure out all the features of my basic cell phone

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 12/9/2013 4:03PM

    I read about this one convent where, at death (duh), all the nuns have their brains biopsied as part of a study they are participating in. Of course nuns are involved with study and teaching all of their lives. One of the nuns, when her brain was autopsied, had such extreme damage from Alzheimer's disease that going by the damage from her disease she should NOT have been functioning on ANY level prior to her death, yet she was going about her active life, still teaching in her old age. They figure that since she was so used to so intensely using her brain, that due to what is called 'plasticity', parts of her brain that still had function took over and learned the tasks normally done by the parts of the brain that disappeared due to Alzheimer's. So it really is true, "use it or lose it". Or better saying yet, "even if you lose it, if you were using it you're still doing good"!

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SANDRALEET 12/9/2013 3:31PM

    Have to play games you have to think more

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PATTISTAMPS 12/9/2013 3:19PM

    I wonder if Sparking is on that list... happy Monday!

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MISSDAISY23 12/9/2013 2:49PM

    Hi Patti,

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