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Old 12-10-2013, 10:26 PM   #1
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Can anyone recommend the best kind of 'brain fitness' programs to try? I've looked at Luminosity & Mind Sparke. I want something I can give to someone suffering with Alzheimer's that they can do every day. I notice that the symptoms are at their worst when he is doing very boring, day to day things, but lessen when he is engaged in activities, with company, on vacation, ect. So I want something that can engage him daily to challenge his mind, memory, ect.

Can anyone tell me which would be better to try or any others? Otherwise, are there any games too that we could play together that might have the same effect?

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Old 12-11-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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Re: Brain fitness

Hi Coolerkid,

I don't believe there are any special mental brain program for Alzheimer's patients.
In fact, most of these programs are for prevention.
For Alzheimer's patient, it is better to go with his daily life style. For example, play puzzle or crossword puzzle with him. Play chess if he remembers. Play simple card game with him. I also want to point out that one should not force the patient to be engaged as it would make the person upset.

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Re: Brain fitness

Cooler, part of the problems is that he will not do them alone. It is better to engage him rather than leave a project for him. He is probably having difficulty with part time memory so he will not remember something you just showed him. Your instruction may be lost as soon as you go. The ability to initiate is also lacking. If you present, he will follow but if you leave it to him to start, he will sit there. Dad would sit and sit and sit. But if you pulled out the checker board and set it up, he would win while laughing and ribbing you. I could pick up the book next to him, open it, and he would start talking about the pictures in the book but he would not pick it up himself. The secret is not to give him something and depend on him to use it but to engage him.

Yes, we are all more stimulated when we are on vacation, at a party, have company. It is unrealistic to expect to be able to simulate that with a mind game. Also know that the ability to express emotions is decreased. He may be happy in his routine. Those with Alzheimer's function better with what they know... their routine

No, I do not know of any "brain fitness" program designed for those with Alzheimer's that they are able to do alone.

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