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Brain Exercises for Caregivers

By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

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Brain foods and brain vitamins have naturally led to brain stimulating exercises. It’s considered “old news” that anagrams and crossword puzzles help the brain work out. A new frontier is emerging; our search for healthier brains has led to development of software programs and other technology to improve brain function.

Every time we learn something new, our brain grows new tissue. Some things as common as figuring out how to program a DVD or use a new cell phone help keep the brain in condition. Yet, just like an individual goes to the exercise club, folks log on to programs to exert mental energy.

A POUND OF BRAINS, PLEASE

If we could order another helping of brain mass to replace what we perceive is deteriorating daily, mental and emotional stress would be less of a concern. Proper foods, rest and other factors help maintain the approximately three pounds the human brain weighs.

We can “order up” more brains to replace the parts that naturally die off by incorporating activities that stimulate the brain. We keep the new parts functional and working by continuing that stimulation.

PUT YOUR BRAIN ON A “SMART” DIET

The stack of bills and the number of phone calls needing to be returned all add up to brain “fat.” While the bills and phone calls have a priority, you can’t accomplish them if your mental functions aren’t up to it. Enter the “smart diet.”

 

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