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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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!

 

David

A sample KenKen problem along with the solution

Example of a KenKen Problem

                                                                     

The Answer to the KenKen Problem Shown Above

Tuesday afternoon October 21, 2008


“Our memories are who we are. And if we lose our memories we lose that groundedness of who we are.” 
 

So, it’s been a good couple of days. Sunny weather, leaves blowing from the trees, cutting and mulching the grass and leaves. It helps me. Something physical. Earthy. A sweet fresh smell but yet a musty smell. The awesome arrangements of color — greens, blown, red, yellows — the hues, the tints and the shades. The shapes of the leaves –– large, full, perfectly symmetrical, small, withered, jagged, smooth, dead looking. All of them complimenting each other and none of them the same. Each one is just as important as the one next to it. Nothing boring about the picturesque and pretty beauty before me while mowing.

Kinda like all of us. We are all so different but we all complement each other. We have different smells, different colors, different shapes. Some of us are fresh looking and some of us look withered and old. Maybe even deathlike. But like the leaves, we provide a pleasant and pictorial element to the world.

 

Ok. So I added a new page to the blog today called “Brain Training.” These are some of the links which I had posted several days ago. Hopefully, WordPress will show them on the page all in the same color. I think I’d eventually like to add a category on the site called Brain Training and then list all the sites on the right hand side of the page. 

What strikes me about this whole thing on brain exercises is this. My neurologist in San Francisco told me this before we moved to PA. “If you like to do crafts, then rotate them — do a different type of craft every day or whenever possible. Don’t do the same craft everyday. And the same goes for other brain puzzles and exercises. If you like to do crossword puzzles, then don’t do them everyday. Change to a sudoku, a kakuro, a jigsaw puzzle, etc., etc. Rotate them so you force the brain to make new links. She explained that the idea was to avoid “monotony” on the brain. The same old things day after day don’t stimulate the brain.

 

http://www.braingle.com/

http://puzzles.about.com/

http://www.brainmetrix.com/

http://litemind.com/boost-brain-power/

http://www.queendom.com/tests/testscontrol.htm?t=3

http://www.miniclip.com/games/en/brain-training.php

http://matica.com/free-flash-games/2/Brain-Gym.html

http://www.brainwaves.com/puzzle-home.html

http://www.thirdage.com/games

http://www.jigzone.com/

 

 

There are dozens and dozens of websites that feature all types and kinds of brain exercises.

 

To the readers……….please add your favorite website(s) you’ve found useful to you or to others. If possible, I will add it to my list which I’ll put on the right side of the blog.

 

David

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.

 

http://www.braingle.com/

http://puzzles.about.com/

http://www.brainmetrix.com/

http://litemind.com/boost-brain-power/

http://tinyurl.com/58bjvb

http://www.queendom.com/tests/testscontrol.htm?t=3

http://www.miniclip.com/games/en/brain-training.php

http://matica.com/free-flash-games/2/Brain-Gym.html

http://www.brainwaves.com/puzzle-home.html

http://www.thirdage.com/games

http://www.jigzone.com/

http://www.novelgames.com

 

 

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.

 

David

 

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