The question of brain games and other cerebral activities to prevent or delay dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease was taken up by The Ask the Expert column in the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry.
“What kinds of brain activities did we find to be beneficial? While more research is needed to learn the best types of activities, the studies we reviewed included a wide range of possibilities….”
“Here are some ideas:
• Read a novel, a non-fiction book, a magazine, or newspaper.
• Play board games with your children or grandkids.
• Volunteer for a local organization.
• Host a weekly card game for friends.
• Register for an adult education class at your local college.
• Look for art, cooking or other fun classes in your community.
• Play video games with a young person in your life.
• Attend a play or visit a museum.
“Today, however, I encourage you to embrace activities that engage your brain with gusto. It may benefit your brain health. It definitely will help you enjoy retirement,“ according to Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Professor and Deputy Chair, Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
As regular readers know, my family has had at least three cases of Alzheimer’s or dementia so I am very focused on anything that might help to prevent cognitive impairment. I hope you will check out my Page – Important facts about your brain – and exercise benefits for lots more information on this critical subject.
I would just like to add that the item above was a direct answer to a specific query on doing memory games and puzzles to encourage brain health. It is my belief that one of the strongest preventative measures we can take is cardiovascular exercise. Please check out my post – Exercise, aging and the brain to learn more.