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Tuesday, 1 November 2022

Brain exercises that can help patients with Alzheimer's disease

 01 ​Crossword puzzles


Playing crossword puzzles triggers our cognitive functions in many ways. When we try to remember a word, we recollect our memories associated with that word and are able to implant a connection.

According to a 2011 research study, playing crossword puzzles delayed onset of accelerated memory decline by 2.54 years. The study titled "Association of Crossword Puzzle Participation with Memory Decline in Persons Who Develop Dementia" released in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society stresses on the importance of cognitively stimulating leisure activities for mental health issues such as Alzheimer's or dementia.


02 Sudoku


Playing Sudoku can keep complications such as Alzheimer's at bay, experts have said. Though having Alzheimer’s disease does not mean for sure offspring will even have it, they are more likely to develop. However, it can be detained by solving Sudoku, crossword puzzles and chess as it stimulates the brain and keeps it active," Professor Shailendra Mohan Tripathi, faculty at Geriatric mental health department of King George's Medical University (KGMU) told TOI.


03 Chess


Apart from the fact that many researchers have found that chess is effective on cognitive functioning, the amount of mental exercise that goes into playing chess is proof in itself that it is one of the ideal brain exercises ever.

Playing chess with someone or with self can aid people with Alzheimer's.


04 ​Scrabble


We all like playing scrabble because we love engaging our mind in framing a new word every time our opponent sets a new target for us.

Playing scrabble needs logical thinking and it also demands from the person the right strategy on putting a new word and where to put it for more points.

So, surely scrabble is an awesome brain exercise for people suffering from Alzheimer's.


Global incidence of Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer's disease is the most general form of dementia and may contribute to 60-70% of cases, says the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the world is observing September 21 as World Alzheimer's day.

Dementia is currently the 7th leading cause of death among all diseases and one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people globally.

The global prevalence of Alzheimer's is at such a high level that it needs proper attention. This progressive disease requires the right interference at the right time so that it is checked then and there itself and does not claim a person's memory and mental functions.


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