These aren’t just for kids anymore. Today we have a wide range of puzzles around for our enjoyment. I think mind games help with dementia and other brain diseases. It’s so important to keep our minds sharp.
My mother suffers with dementia. She seems to be getting worse with her memory as the weeks go by. I’ve done a lot of reading on dementia and Alzheimer’s since her diagnosis. One thing I know for sure is that I don’t want to get it. I do my best to exercise my mind daily with reading, writing, puzzles, or anything else that will make me think.
My youngest sister does a lot of board puzzles. She loves the most complicated ones with a thousand pieces. These are probably her favorite puzzles and she has even framed a few of them. I’ve known other people to put together and frame those big puzzles too. They make beautiful wall art.
I have another sister who likes the crosswords. I enjoy the ones full of random letters where you have to find the twenty words hidden in those letters. I try to do several of those a week.
I’m not sure if anyone in my family does the Sudoku puzzles with all the numbers. I’ve done them, but they really are quite challenging. I imagine, as with anything, one gets better with practice.
I don’t think anyone of us wants to end up with dementia or Alzheimer’s, but who knows what the future holds. If it’s inherited, perhaps we’ll get it anyway no matter how much we use our minds.