Brain Fitness

Have you ever had doubts about your brain fitness?

Do you forget where you put your reading glasses?

Do your grandchildren roll their eyes as you go through every family name before finally hitting on theirs?

It can be funny. We have all heard the old person joke “This morning, I was standing at the top of the stairs, and I couldn't remember whether I had just come up or was about to go down”.

Underneath the laughter though, there is that unspoken dread – Am I losing it? What is wrong with my memory? Could this be the beginning of dementia?

Well you can relax! For one thing, it happens to nearly all of us at one time or another – most often as a result of the busy lives we lead. Read the article by Linda Schaumleffel for some simple and commonsense ways to overcome these everyday common lapses of memory.

Secondly, scientists have made amazing leaps in understanding how the brain works. Did you know that the brain is constantly changing, right up to the moment of death?

We used to be taught that an adult brain could not change. Certain areas were responsible for certain functions and if those areas were damaged, those functions would be lost for ever.

Ever since the advent of brain scans and mapping of the brain with micro-electrodes, scientists have been able to see and learn to understand how the brain works in real time and how brain fitness can be enhanced.

What Have They Learned?

  • The brain never stops learning.
  • The brain is changeable – scientists can now see neurons actually growing and connecting with each other as a person learns. What is more, through frequent repetition these learnings can become permanent.
  • Even quite severely damaged brains (as in a stroke or a head injury) are often able to form new neural pathways, allowing for remarkable recovery.
  • Key to generating and sustaining more nerve cells are activities which require concentration and repetition. If this also involves physical activity such as dancing or playing a musical instrument, better still.
  • There are many enjoyable and interesting ways to keep the brain fit and in good working order. Some of these are crosswords, board games,Sudoku and other puzzles and even electronic games.

Challenge Your Brain with Daily Sudoku Games

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Daily Sudoku for Kids

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Further Reading:

Brain Fitness Article by Linda Schaumleffel

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