An Online Brain Test Experiment

Author : Elderly lady in training 
Comment:

David – glad to see you blogging again – and to read what you have written.
You (and your readers) might be interested in an experiment that the BBC have just set up in the UK to test brain training – se
e http://www.bbc.co.uk/labuk/experiments/braintestbritain/articles/about

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This site allows anyone to register for free. I went ahead and registered and completed the benchmark tests. I’ll probably start the training tomorrow. Looks interesting and fun…………..no harm in trying!

David

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A Logic Puzzle — Mom Goes Shopping

If anyone gets bored this Labor Day weekend, here’s a fun logic puzzle to keep you busy. It’s interactive and no need to print it out! Have fun.

We’re going to lay low and perhaps do some grilling out on the back patio. Nothing in particular. No trips. Fortunately for the weekends, they have a lovely end of the summer 3-day holiday. We’ve had either cloudy or rainy weather on most weekends over the past summers. Not good for those who own boats which can only be used here on the lake only several months of the year as it is.

Only in  America ……do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Warmly………..David

Results of the Favorite Brain Game Poll and my answer to Louise Morse’s comment yesterday

I must say I am surprised with the voting results. I forgot that so many people like crossword puzzles. And, somehow, I didn’t think folks like sudoku as much as what’s indicated. Word searches being in the top 3 also surprised. I’ve probably have been projecting my own likes and dislikes all along. The lesson I’ve learned here is — never assume or take anything for granted.


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Hi Louise………….please check out the post I wrote back in February.

I’ve learned that I should have taken notes as I read it. Actually, I related well to the contents. Having been reared in the Assembly of God church, I totally understood every thing you were saying. I particularly was impressed with how you were able to verbalize that having dementia is still a part of our journey through life until we meet Him in the future. I posted a little story the other day submitted by Lynn in Florida. She mentions the same concept of our still having a soul which needs to be respected. Your book gave me a positive and different outlook with my own journey with dementia. I am now able to get on with my life knowing that even if I ever become totally demented in the future, my soul still exists and that I will still have a connection to this world as well as in Heaven. I rarely give a book a 5 Star rating, Louise Morse’s book definitely gets my 5 Stars. Even if someone doesn’t believe in God, I still recommend it as an excellent read. You can get the book here. Could it be Dementia

Warmly………David

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Foggy – Not Froggy

I wish I felt more froggy today but foggy it is. Que será!

I slept for 12 hours last night. Didn’t get up until 11 AM today. We had a very long day yesterday. Not as long as when I used to work but nonetheless it felt as though I worked all day long.

Pam has been having almost all of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism over the past 6 months. We got up early yesterday and went to the hospital. She had an ultrasound done of her thyroid and began the radioactive iodine uptake test. After that we each got a haircut followed by some necessary errands and shopping. We went back to the hospital after 6 hours to have part 2 of the uptake scan. She then went this morning for the 3rd part which is the 24 hour scan. So, we’ll wait until next Tuesday to see what the results are. I certainly don’t want her to have a disease, but if she truly has this, then we’ll be glad to get her on some good treatment.

I’ve also started to do a little bit of exercising so that I’ll be ready to do some walking and putz around planting flowers, cutting grass, etc.

Last night was another one of those nasty REM behavior sleep disorder nights. Terrible nightmares and quite vivid. I remember waking up and noting the times. I tried staying up for a few minutes each time. But each time I went back to sleep, the same dream continued. It started around 1:30 AM and continued up until about 6:45 AM. I can still recount the exact pictures and exact details at this very moment. It’s one of those nightmares where I wouldn’t even begin to try to analyze. Just a typical Lewy Body Dementia type dream of being chased by many people to try to kill me. Yea, I’m still alive.

As kooky as it sounds, I feel a nap coming on. Just go with the flow. Perhaps I’ll have a froggy day tomorrow.

Oh, I almost forgot. The poll on brain games will close on March 8th. If you haven’t voted yet, click here.

Warmly………David

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What are your top 3 favorite brain teasers, puzzles and games?

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What the heck is this all about? I spend so much time surfing the net in order to learn new things and to help keep me sharp. So, I’ve not paid much attention to the blog’s host  — WordPress. I certainly am not a good computer geek and have struggled to learn how to blog half decently. I just discovered that there is a feedback page for each blogger of his/her stats. One of them is how many people clicked on the blog to read it. Take a look at the chart. It has no rhyme nor reason to it. The pattern of the number of clicks from January 20 to the present just doesn’t make any good sense to me. One day it’s way down and then it suddenly jumps to a high number. And I don’t see a correlation between the contents of each post day to day and the number of clicks. Just another one of those mysterious things in life. The internet never ceases to amaze me…

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Enough for today. Enjoy voting!

Warmly………David

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Friday the 13th. REM Sleep Behavior Disorder and Sudoku Answer

I’ve been dealing with some strange symptoms this week. The REM sleep behavior disorder came back with a roar. I awakened last night and ended up staying up for about 1/2 hour. The nightmare was so strong that I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I actually was afraid to go back to sleep but did give in. The rest of the night was OK. This week has been weird. I’ve felt sleepy, apathetic, amotivated and just dull. But I haven’t felt depressed. At first I thought maybe SAD was catching up with me. But today I feel just fine. So Pam and I are going out to get some staples. (Oops, that’s the word we used growing up which means buying the necessary groceries to tie you over.)

Yes, it’s a good idea. I’m going to show Pam how to write a post to the blog. I never gave it much thought that anyone would be worrying. But since I usually blog everyday, it probably makes sense to do it.

The main symptom of REM sleep behavior disorder is dream-enacting behaviors, sometimes violent, causing self-injury or injury to the bed partner.

The dream-enacting behaviors are usually nondirected and may include punching, kicking, leaping, or jumping from bed while still asleep.

The person may be awakened or may wake spontaneously during the attack and vividly recall the dream that corresponds to the physical activity.

Here is the answer to the sudoku puzzle which I posted the other day. 

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Thanks to all who have expressed concerned. Have a great weekend!

Warmly………David

You’ve got to be kidding me! Will someone please make up their mind?

Brain tasks ‘won’t slow dementia’

By Emily Cook 11/02/2009

Popular “brain training” exercises do nothing to slow down the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia, a study has revealed.

And they may even be doing some harm as many older users could be fooled into giving up beneficial physical exercise to play sudoku or a handheld computer console.

The findings are a blow to the theory – and the claims of a multi-million pound industry – that brain exercises ward off mental problems in old age.

Brain exercises – known as cognitive training – have become trendy thanks to the handheld Nintendo DS, which has been advertised by Patrick Stewart, Nicole Kidman and Julie Walters.

US professor of clinical neurosciences Peter Snyder said there is “no evidence… brain exercise programmes delay or slow progression of cognitive changes in healthy elderly”.


See, here’s another contradiction. Maybe there’s something to it. My step-father lived to be in his early 90s and never finished school. He didn’t read anything. Spent all of his time outdoors. Then look at his mother. She lived to be 98. Neither of them did any brain exercises. She was one of the sharpest ladies I’ve ever known clear up to the time she died.

If you don’t want to do yesterday’s sudoku puzzle, then I totally understand.

Of course, as many of you already know if you’re following the latest news updates, the Mediterranean diet will now do some magic in preventing dementia. Bring out the olives!

I hope they don’t tell me not to take fish oil next month —

But I do have to admit…the brain puzzles are still fun.

Warmly………David

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