Brain Training: Game Your Brain
Do you like to play games? Do crosswords or Sudoku? Candy Crush Saga or Lumosity? It turns out that playing puzzles, called cognitive training by scientists, is really good for your aging brain and can end up helping you remember how to do daily living functions, with or without the use of an Aid to Daily Living device. The study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, noted here, shows that brain games help you keep not just your mental wits about you, but also your ability to do daily functions.
This could mean cooking, driving, remembering where you put your glasses, all of it. And while the study is aimed at the aging members among us, I think this so called "brain-training" is very useful for anyone in a high stress life caused by kids, jobs, and yes, daily living! So along with your daily dose of physical exercise, look at adding a brain training session. Even just 5-10 minutes lights up the brain in ways that offer full stimulation.
Many games can be played on Facebook, or downloaded from an app store for your tablet computer or phone. Or if you are a bit more old fashioned, get a crossword book from the bookstore or a 1000 piece puzzle to piece a little bit daily.
Many of these activities are great to do with your grandkids or family and are great bonding activities. And while these games aren't "medical supplies," we want all of our customers to live their fullest lives!
What games do you play and how often?