An exploration of the UK unpaid carer's world

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      1.1  Can brain exercises help delay memory loss or dementia?

      1.2  What kinds of brain exercises should I do?

       2    Brain basics

       3   Color Match challenges your response inhibition

       4   Colour challenge

       5   Another challenge

            It will be interesting to learn how you have adapted these exercises to suit your caree.

            If carers within the DIY DMC perform such exercises, it is incumbent on facilitators
            to have carried out a risk assessment with specialist advice.

1.1  Can brain exercises help delay memory loss or dementia?

  1. When people keep their minds active, their thinking skills are less likely to decline, medical research shows. So games, puzzles, and other types of brain training may help slow memory loss and other mental problems.

  2. One study involved more than 2,800 adults 65 and older. They went to up to 10 hour-long brain-training sessions for 5 to 6 weeks. The sessions focused on tactics for these skills:

  1. Memory
  2. Reasoning
  3. Speed of processing information

  4. People who took the training showed improvement in these skills that lasted for at least 5 years.

  5. They also improved at everyday tasks, such as the ability to manage money and do housework.

  6. But what about prevention of Alzheimer's and other dementias? Does brain training help? 

  7. One study found that exercising the mind delayed declines in thinking skills. 

  8. After people started having Alzheimer's symptoms, though, mental decline sped up in those who kept their minds engaged. 

  9. It's possible that being mentally active bolstered the brain at first, so symptoms didn't show up until later.

  10. The silver lining here? People who regularly challenge their minds may spend a shorter part of their lives in a state of decline, even if they do get Alzheimer's.

1.2  What kinds of brain exercises should I do?


That may be vary from person to person. But the main idea seems to be keeping your brain active and challenged. You could start with something as simple as eating with the hand you usually don’t use from time to time.

1.2.2  You can also:

  1. Learn something new, such as a second language or a musical instrument.

  2. Play board games with your kids or grandchildren.

  3. Or get your friends together for a weekly game of cards. Mix it up by trying new games. 

  4. The extra bonus of activities like these? Social connections also help your brain.

  5. Work on crossword, number, or other kinds of puzzles.

  6. Play online memory games or video games.

  7. Read, write, or sign up for local adult education classes.

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2    Brain basics

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3    Color Match challenges your response inhibition.

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4     Colour challenge   here

5      Find your own brain exercises

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