Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Fun Mental Workouts

My dad is paranoid about Alzheimer's disease. We do have some in our family history, but a bigger factor of who will develop it has to do with how healthy your mind is to begin with. What is a healthy mind you ask? One that deals with stress, not letting it build up, and that is given new and challenging exercises to strengthen and increase memory. Mental exercise has been reported by neurologists to reduce your chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 70 percent. They say that everyone should spend at least 20 minutes, 3 times a week, doing mental exercise. That advice is not just for old people!

So what counts as "mental excercise"? I think you know! Word puzzles, soduku, board games and basically any puzzle that requires concentration! So to help you get started, here are a few I enjoy, which will hopefully be keeping me sharp for a very long time to come!