Jessica’s 59 year old mother had been behaving strangely. She would trail off in the middle of a conversation. One day Jessica found her mother’s favorite type of empty cereal box in the dirty clothes hamper. Jessica’s mom said that the box was dirty and belonged there. She would also forget her allergy medications and other routine daily needs. It never occurred to Jessica that her mother could have Alzheimers at such a young age, but she did.
Jessica’s plight of having to deal with her parents having Alzheimers is quite common and this article attempts to help others like her in battling the onset of this devastating disease.
It is fairly well known that your brains behaves much like a muscle and that exercising your mind with activities like chess and crossword puzzles or even scrapbooking can prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s. Research shows that brain is much like the body — it needs continual activity to remain strong and supple and fight off the predations of old age. Researchers have also shown that that chess is uniquely well-suited to “exercising” the brain. It is simple to play, but offers nearly limitless variation.
Certainly chess is not the only mind stimulating activity available. The card game bridge or the word game Jumble in your morning paper will also retard the advance of dementia and Alzheimers.