Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

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Tue, Mar 6, 2018 7:46am

Life-Long Strategies for Preventing Dementia

By Dr. Melanie Chandler, HABIT FL Director, @drmelaniechandler

Crossword Puzzle

Nice piece by Dave Knopman, M.D., a distinguished Behavioral Neurology colleague in Rochester, MN about the benefits of cognitive exercise/activity.  Click Below:

https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-q-and-a-lifelong-strategies-for-preventing-dementia/

 

Disappointed to see crossword puzzles in pic, I was taught that those words r already in the brain – best to learn something new.

@mari

Disappointed to see crossword puzzles in pic, I was taught that those words r already in the brain – best to learn something new.

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Hi @mari . While it is ideal to do something new, we encourage people to do all sorts of activities to keep their brains active. There is no magic to doing crossword puzzles over other cognitive activities, but there is also nothing wrong with them. The key to cognitive activity is DOING IT, so if the mental activity one person enjoys and will do is the daily crossword, then we encourage them to do it. Crosswords may rely on words already in your brain, but the mental activity is accessing and creatively coming up with those words from cryptic clues. Bottom line, do what you like to do that is mentally stimulating. And, the more novel the activity, the more challenging (without being frustrating) the better. Thanks for the comment!

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