Crossword Puzzles and Alzheimer’s

Crossword puzzleThis morning I worked today’s crossword puzzle (from the newspaper) at one sitting. I work these puzzles almost daily. I also play Scrabble regularly with my husband (Pass ‘n Play on his iPad). I read somewhere that these activities can help stave off the ravages of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Well, my mother and her mother both died with Alzheimer’s, and they both worked the crossword puzzle DAILY until, well, until they couldn’t. I don’t care what the research says, it’s not a magic bullet. So there have to be other motivations for working puzzles and playing games. How about fun?

The same article I linked to above included reading and writing as activities that help slow the processes of dementia. Reading. Writing. I’ve already read four books in 2017 and I write (or edit) daily.

I’m doing my part. Did I mention praying? I do that as well.

So, my daughter and her family are spending a few days with us (from Denver) so this will be short…. Have a great weekend, everyone, and if you’re doing crossword puzzles to prevent dementia, just keep on keeping on and have fun!

 

3 comments


  • SPH

    My maternal grandmother was relatively sedentary but sharp as a tack until her last breath at 97. In contrast my paternal grandmother moved housekeeping and landscaping mountains at high speed and was all around physically and cognitively more active, but her mind faltered from her mid 70s til she gave out at 86. I think Alzheimers is still pretty much a crap shoot.

    February 3, 2017
    • I agree, Sarah. Each journey is different, and difficult.

      February 10, 2017
  • Tom Wi

    I enjoy your comments and look forward to them. Thank you

    February 4, 2017

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