The Other I

March 4, 2019

Thinking about it

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 4:43 pm

I was talking to a friend recently about research suggesting that one way to reduce dementia is to keep one’s brain active.  Do this by challenging it with new tasks or new ways of doing old things.  So cross-word puzzles is a frequent suggestion, or learn a new skill like knitting or take up art.

Some suggestions, though, actually are quite simple.

Brush your teeth, comb your hair, or unlock a door with your non-dominant hand, for instance.  Or in the kitchen stir pots in counter-clock-wise direction instead of the usual clock-wise.  Find new kinds of tasks – in the garden, around the house, re-arrange items in the car, the bedroom, kitchen.

I’ve even tried writing with my left instead of my right hand, but the disadvantages are possibly too significant.  It takes at least five times as long to write out my shopping list and then half the time I can’t read it.

But I do have another idea:  What about learning a new computer game?  Keeps kids young.  Why not us oldies?

Ten Computer Games Your Kids Should be Playing, MakeUseof. Com




  1. You should look at apps like BrainHQ and Lumosity. I introduced my mom (bought her a 2 year subscription) to Lumosity and she swears by it. it’s got online puzzles and games and it keeps track of how well you do. My mom swears by it now. Apart from forgetting less, and being able to read books for longer without fatigue, she says it helps her sleep better at night.
    You should give it a whirl as well!


    Comment by psriblog — March 4, 2019 @ 5:19 pm | Reply

  2. Yes, they (the games) keep my 93-year Aunt engaged!!


    Comment by tskraghu — April 2, 2019 @ 3:13 am | Reply

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