Brain exercise

This post was written by DoctorJay on July 2, 2010
Posted Under: aging,brain sciences

The other day I found a brain exercise program in a discount store and bought it and started using it on my computer. It test’s one on five different brain skill areas:

  1. Verbal
  2. Numerical
  3. Spatial
  4. Memory
  5. Logic

Unfortunately the verbal is very simplistic with spelling, anagrams, and word search and given that I’m dyslexic I do really badly in even though I have one of the largest vocabularies in all my friends and acquaintances. Even so I’m slowly improving and that is the real point.

The seminal nun study on memory loss, Alzheimer’s and other signs of  brain aging have demonstrated that as far as the brain is concerned it’s a matter of use it or lose it.

Doing any brain exercise (cross words, sudoku, chess, learning new skills like new language) will keep your brain young. It is even more so a matter of use it or lose it.

Reading and writing are great ways of keeping your brain vigor. I’m surprised at the low percentage of people with library cards. Your taxes (in the USA) pay for your libraries and they are free. Most libraries are part of a system and can order many books, audio and video products from other libraries in the system.

I like to suggest everyone get a free blog and write about a topic you are interested in. Writing regularly will also help keep your brain youthful.

Back to the brain exercise program. These help you to see where your strengths are and where you may wish to work a bit harder.  There are a few different programs and they each have different advantages and disadvantages.

Finally a good well balanced healthy diet and exercise will keep you from aging as fast as you may otherwise and are excellent for your brain as well as the rest of your body.

P.S. laughter is one of the best exercises for the whole person (mind/body/soul/spirit).

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