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Old 04-07-2009, 03:07 PM   #1
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Warding off dementia

Maybe Ha is on to something !
To help ward off dementia, train your brain -- OrlandoSentinel.com
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Old 04-07-2009, 03:10 PM   #2
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I agree with that concept. Just like your body you need to work the noggin.
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Old 04-07-2009, 03:13 PM   #3
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7 Read and write daily. Reading stimulates a wide variety of brain areas that process and store information. Likewise, writing (not copying) stimulates many areas of the brain as well.
My reason for posting here regularly. Nice link, Thanks.
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:02 PM   #4
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Check out
Clinically Proven Brain Training Software - Posit Science Corporation

Their products have been featured as premium on PBS fund raising efforts. More importantly the products were developed by neuro scientists. I completed the classic product and found it challenging and helpful.
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:22 PM   #5
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Warding off dementia

There has been some press recently that moderate coffee drinking might reduce the risk of dementia.
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:25 PM   #6
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Wow, that's expensive, prubin--$395-$495 for the classic product?

The article from the Orlando Sentinental is really interesting--I have to work on the dancing, gardening, and music suggestions, but I'm glad to see things like knitting and volunteering might be helpful.
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Dementia caused by LTEST condition
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Dementia caused by LTEST condition

It is a well know fact that dementia is caused by the medical condition known as LTEST (Less Than Excessive Sexual Thinking).

So if you are worried about losing your mind yet think about sex all of the time..... Then relax you have nothing to worry about.

You can now brag to your friends about your (large) porn collection and its recuperative value.
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Learning new things is probably helpful, but are the many expensive commercial products really worth the cost? It might me cheaper to sign up for a course at a nearby college (they often have reduced or no costs for folks over 65).
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My Mom who is 93 and still sharp does the crossword daily and reads constantly .
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Old 04-07-2009, 06:53 PM   #10
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Exercise is important, too. See: Exercising Generates New Brain Cells...: Scientific American
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My reason for posting her regularly. Nice link, Thanks.
Well that's cool, but probably best not to let her know your reason for posting her. It isn't very romantic.

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My Mom who is 93 and still sharp does the crossword daily and reads constantly .
Yeah. Both my FIL and MIL enjoy playing puzzle games on the computer along with crosswords/sudoku. Maybe it helps.
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Great article.
I'm doing 1,2,5,7,12,14,17,19,20 so far.
Does posting here count as writing ?
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And while you're reading, read Aging with Grace, by David Snowdon
Aging With Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives: David Snowdon: Amazon.ca: Books
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Well, most people do not post their essays here, but if you take care of your grammar and try to avoid spelling errors in our short posts, it got to count for something. I certainly hope so.
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My FIL worked a job most of his life. He lived in a small town close to family and friends, had a loving wife and two great kids. He had hobbies; he loved to read and was an elder in his church. He busied himself with his family, church, neighbors and his job. He drank coffee, didn't smoke or drink and was in excellent health. Then, at the age of 73, Alzheimer's starting taking his life away and at age 79, Alzheimer's won.

I wish I felt confident in something that could ward off dementia, but so far I haven't found it.
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I was surprised by the advice to write for a few minutes a day with your non-dominant hand. Some years ago I developed carpal tunnel in my (dominant) right hand. I started using my left hand to work the computer mouse to give my painful hand a rest. Now I can easily switch back and forth with great success. The only thing I don't trust my left hand to do is cut vegies with a sharp knife. Great article!
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I haven't read the book yet but since my sister is a nun . In fact she is the head of her order I can see the positive side of being a nun . First is the companionship , secondly a lot of their worldly problems are taken care of ( shelter, food , clothing , cars ) and thirdly depending on their order the have unlimited education opportunities and lastly their long term care is provided by their order .
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if you take care of your grammar and try to avoid spelling errors in our short posts, it got to count for something.
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Did you do that on purpose?

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I'm all for using your brain, but I have to say I'm a little skeptical of the conclusion that "using your brain more" helps stave off dementia. I'm sure that people who use their brain more have less incidence of dementia (that is, the two things are associated), but it could be that people who have healthier brains use them more, or people who use their brains are generally healthier and more social.
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Exercising your brain more to stave off dementia = keeping a postive attitude during physical illness to help healing.

They may or may not achieve their goals, but doing the above can't hurt and may at the least improve one's quality of life.
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