Will Brain Exercise Delay or Prevent Alzheimer’s or Dementia

If you are in your 50′s or 60′s, this message can be about prevention; but it’s also about having some fun with Brain exercises while you’re Alzheimer’s Patient can still enjoy themselves no matter how old you are.

My husband and I, both in our 60′s, are  more cognizant of the games we play since my Mom’s battle with Alzheimer’s. Stimulating our brain is a must, whether it’s with the Brain Quest DVD Games, the latest bestselling novel, a crossword puzzle, the Sunday newspaper or a good game of Trivial Pursuit. Research shows we need to–Do something to keep our mind active!

Even in late stage Alzheimer’s my mom would sit and watch my husband and son play cards for hours. She would laugh and smile and giggle and we were never sure if she realized what they were doing or just enjoyed being in their company. Playing cards is a good way to keep your brain active.

In early stages of this disease, it is fairly easy to find ways to occupy your patient. They want something to do, but need someone to show them how to do it sometimes. Mom’s first love was crochet. She would crochet for hours in her youth but had forgotten all but the simplest chain stitch by middle stage Alzheimer’s. Even then she could crochet a single stitch and create a chain.  With this simple pattern Mom crocheted hundreds of doilies for friends and family in very late stage Alzheimer’s. When she’d forgotten how to crochet entirely, she turned to Seek ‘n Find puzzle books. She also loved to color. One of her happier moments was when I brought a jumbo box Crayola Crayons with a built-in sharpener on the bottom of the box. If she’d ever had a box that big or a sharpener built-in, she had no memory of it and was astounded that such a thing existed. That giant box of crayons was on permanent display in our living room and was the first thing shown to every visitor who arrived.

I know, sometimes there will be aggravation and frustration with the impetuous and foolish behavior of the Alzheimers and Dementia patient on occasion, but  if we stop and learn to see the world through their eyes, it can be quite enlightening.

We have only to remind ourselves about their condition, their mind is traveling  backwards in time. Brain exercise has no affect on their mind now. It is too late for them to learn or rejuvenate their brain from the damage done by Alzheimer’s. Though their body is 70-80 years old, they have the  mind and appreciation of the world similar to that of a child.

Mom was so proud of her jumbo crayons and coloring book that her only wish before she died was to have every single page colored so that she could pass it on to her grandchildren. And, yes, I still have it…3 years later. It means so much to me that I’ve kept it for myself ….at least for now.

A few Ways to Exercise Your Brain:

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  • New Activities! The title is a series of minigames designed to give your brain a workout. The 17 new, engaging activities are all designed to help work your brain and increase blood flow to the prefrontal cortex. Whether you’re playing simple songs on a piano keyboard or monitoring the photo finish of a footrace, you’ll love your new mental workout!

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Most of Mom’s books were the Seek ‘N Find word books. She would sit for hours and circle words in those books.  This one is interesting and appears much more fun where you’re actually searching for animals and such.

The Alzheimer’s patient in middle or late stage finds most children’s books for 4th – 6th grade interesting and fun. With no memory for reading, they forget the story line, etc., their pleasure must come from playing at the moment.

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