Brain Health: Keeping your brain active

Posted by John, Volunteer Mentor @johnbishop, Jul 30, 2020

One of the things I really admired about my wife's mother was her humor and her really sharp wit even at the age of 90+. She lived with us for the last 7 or 8 years while she was alive. It was no secret how she kept her mental sharpness – she loved crossword puzzles and worked on various puzzles during the day. Crossword puzzles could be found laying around the house that she had started but not finished. Woe be to you if you penciled in any answers in one of her crossword puzzles. I occasionally like doing puzzles but they are not on my regular diet. My wife, much like her mother, loves doing crossword puzzles.

I recently ran across a free online lesson on How to Promote Brain Health from McMaster Optimal Aging Portal – How to Promote Brain Health: https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/e-learning/how-to-promote-brain-health — Discover six ways you can promote brain health and reduce your risk of developing dementia.

What do you do to keep your brain healthy and active?

I do search a words right now I have a Psalm book for searching words from scriptures I as you know do coloring paint with oils at times exercise program Hand exercises and Tai Chi

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You’re really on to something with the puzzles. My daughter enlightened me to a book, 399 Games, Puzzles,& Trivia challenges specially designed to keep your brain young. By Nancy Linde. Nice thing is that it’s only around $11 on Amazon. I find it hard to put down though the instructions say to work it

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@bobnowicki

You’re really on to something with the puzzles. My daughter enlightened me to a book, 399 Games, Puzzles,& Trivia challenges specially designed to keep your brain young. By Nancy Linde. Nice thing is that it’s only around $11 on Amazon. I find it hard to put down though the instructions say to work it

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Only 15 minutes a day. I got one for all my kids.

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@bobnowicki

You’re really on to something with the puzzles. My daughter enlightened me to a book, 399 Games, Puzzles,& Trivia challenges specially designed to keep your brain young. By Nancy Linde. Nice thing is that it’s only around $11 on Amazon. I find it hard to put down though the instructions say to work it

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Hello @bobnowicki, Welcome to Connect. Thanks for sharing the book reference. Sounds like it will really be helpful.

Is the book organized by topics?

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Not as such. It's a wide mixture of challenges and I started at the beginning and try to do about 15 to 20 minutes a day page by page. It's really very good for us more senior people as a lot of the puzzles depend of dredging up stuff from the past which the younger generation just haven't been exposed to but that's what I love about it. My family is working through it without looking at the answers in the back to see how we do sometime in the future.

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@bobnowicki

Not as such. It's a wide mixture of challenges and I started at the beginning and try to do about 15 to 20 minutes a day page by page. It's really very good for us more senior people as a lot of the puzzles depend of dredging up stuff from the past which the younger generation just haven't been exposed to but that's what I love about it. My family is working through it without looking at the answers in the back to see how we do sometime in the future.

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Thanks @bobnowicki – I just ordered a copy from Amazon – Here's the link if others are interested – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761168257/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00

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@johnbishop I saw that article, as my inbox gets the McMaster Optimal Aging emails, also. Your mother-in-law sounds like my dad; he kept his brain activecrightvto the end. He told mev10 days before he passed, that he body wore out, not his brain. My former mother-in-law did crossword puzzles in pen, and was a tax preparer into her 90s.

Me? I like crosswords and puzzles, word searches, logic games. There is a game similar to Dominos called Triominos, that my husband play. It calls for a lot of strategy and staying "present". I also challenge myself with writing and artwork.
Ginger

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@johnbishop – Am on the free online lesson. Just off the bat I would think that Joan should cut back her wine at night and get a good night's sleep! Bwahah.

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Did someone mention a glass of White Zin? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

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Thank you so much for the information on brain health. However, keeping socially active these days is quite difficult. I am thankful though for this kind of connect we have through the Mayo Clinic. Having said that, I do feel that personal face-to-face contact with people is of paramount importance to us as human beings. What I have done to remedy that situation is to invite friends over for an afternoon of conversation (weather permitting). This is done in my yard respecting the socially distant directives. Everyone brings their own snack or sandwich and I provide bottled water. This experience really lifts our spirits and helps us to look forward to "an outing."

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@merpreb

@johnbishop – Am on the free online lesson. Just off the bat I would think that Joan should cut back her wine at night and get a good night's sleep! Bwahah.

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😂🤣

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Like so many others, I do the puzzles each day in the local paper. From 2006 thru 2018 I wrote about 300 silly rhymes. Published 4 books of about 40 rhymes each. Sold 1 copy of my first book. My younger sister didn't realize I was sending her a free copy and ordered one. :o) Since March 2018, I've written 2 rhymes. One about cheese curds because I had them at a local sandwich shop and face masks because the are such an issue right now. I'm loosing my mind quickly now but from what I've heard over the years, I won't be out much. I won't go looking for it because I probably couldn't find my way back. :o) oldbuck

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