This post discusses brain games and other activities that may delay the onset and reduce the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and dementias
I want to say off the bat that I am quite familiar with Alzheimer’s disease and I am fully aware that there is not a game around that will prevent it from running its course. So, my intent is not to provide snake oil or false hope. Brain activities such as video games, crossword puzzles, sudoku checkers and chess to name few do have thier place though. They provide activity and exercise for the brain, they require hand eye coordination and they require more complex thought than does say listening to the radio or watching TV. In addition, in all honesty, they might keep your loved one busy enough to provide you as a caregiver a few moments while you attend to dinner or take care of other responsibilities.
As a person who suffers with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, these games can provide a great escape. doing theme related crossword puzzles or word-finds is a great way to relax and remember a time that was much more carefree and much less confusing than these days are. Sudoku and chess are great games for those who are still able handle the complexities associated with those activities.
Although alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, such as vascular dementia initially present similarily with symptoms such as confusion, short term memory loss and difficulty handling day to day activities such as balancing a checkbook. They differ widely in their progression and end result. I will save the details for another post. My point for today is that activity is good for all types of dementia.
Why activity is important:
Physical activity-Physical activity is as good for the brain as it is for the body. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain and creates an overall feeling of well being. From a physical perspective, it strengthens the heart, muscles and combats extra pounds piling on.
Here are some things you can do to keep moving:
Take the stairs
Join an exercise class
Mental Activity-The brain needs exercise too. The Alzheimer’s Association of Canada endorses brain games. You can click here for the entire article, but some of the activities they recommend are:
Reading and keeping up with current affairs
So, no matter what you do, as you battle the monster, Alzheimer’s disease know that activity, whether physical or mental is a good thing!