Tired of Sudoku? Want some ‘Square Wisdom’? Want to KenKen? Learn How Today!


I positively intend to slow down the progression of my Lewy Body Dementia in anyway possible. And Brain Training is one of those ways!

Do you have Alzheimer’s disease? Have vascular dementia? Another type of dementia? A caregiver? Are you a baby boomer  (a term used to describe a person who was born during the Post-World War II baby boom between 1946 and 1964). If so, then there is another brain trainer called KenKen.

It was invented by a Japanese mathematics teacher Tetsuya Miyamoto, innovator of the theory “The Art Of Teaching Without Teaching”, as an ‘instruction-free’ method of training the brain and was later published in The Times in March 2008.  

Here’s a link for some easy down to earth instructions on how to play KenKen.  

Want some free KenKen puzzles and the solutions? Go to Reader’s Digest and download them for free! I almost forgot. Here is a free KenKen calculator!



A sample KenKen problem along with the solution

Example of a KenKen Problem


The Answer to the KenKen Problem Shown Above

Friday October 17, 2008

Wouln’t you know it…


Brain cells come and brain cells go, but FAT cells


live forever. How fair is that??


 Some musings…..


1.       I would like to acknowledge the following Yahoo Groups (in random order):



2.         I may have missed some Yahoo Groups dedicated to dementia related issues. Please let me know if there are more.


3.       My prayers, thoughts, empathy and concerns go out to anyone faced with difficult situations with their loved ones. I see so many posts on the Groups and I just don’t know what to say or do. I feel so helpless. There are so many that I find myself not responding to them. Maybe this is my way of saying it to everyone publicly at the same time. Regardless of the group, we all have the same concerns and issues in common.


4.       LET’S PLAY!! I’ve been doing some net surfing on brain exercises. Here are some sites I found of interest. I’d eventually like to add a page to the blog focusing on just these types of sites. Brain training, teasers, exercises, etc.
















5.       And, speaking of puzzles. Chad and I have a date tonight to play bingo. Depending on how Pam feels, she may join us. I never thought that I’d see the day that I would look forward to going to bingo. At first, I had a very hard time playing the cards. My mind just didn’t want to cooperate. But I can now play up to 12 cards at a time with few mistakes. Maybe someday I can play 24-36 cards like the other players. Oh well.


6.       AND, the votes and comments from yesterday’s blog on whether we should keep victims of dementia in ‘reality.’ First, I realized after it was too late that I had 2 questions embedded into one on the very first option. Sorry. My fault. That kept some people from voting. I’ll work on that one if I do a vote again. The comments were very thought provoking. Perception is reality, that’s for sure. Even though it is a very complex question/issue, I kinda really did intend to keep it simplistic. However, thanks to Carole M.’s post, “I cannot believe I am going to admonish a psychiatrist, but I am.  PLEASE do not over simply such a complex issue.  In the future, I, for one, will rely on you to challenge ANY either/or thinking with regard to working with people with dementia.” Thanks, Carole. You made an excellent point. I found every comment to be of value. Some people made some points that I hadn’t even thought of. The simple point which I missed — if someone is in a different reality which could cause harm to themselves or to others. I guess I was only thinking of when I go into a little ‘happy blissful’ moment. I forget that there are times when Pam does need to remind me of something which could get me into trouble. Such as when I think I’m going to walk to the store. In my mind, I think it’s only 2 blocks away as it once was. Now it’s several miles away. Thanks, Pam.




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