|From the Kenosha News on 7-30-06
Can computer-based passtimes be good for you?
When I was growing up, a lot of emphasis was placed on “doing something constructive.” Hence, I get a guilt complex if I engage in “pointless” computer-based activities like games or puzzles. Face it, while computers can help us do many productive things, they can also provide us with countless ways to waste time. Then, browsing through a Woman’s World magazine, I found the rationale (excuse?) I’ve been looking for:
“Dozens of studies show dabbling in brain-boosting activities like trying a new recipe, doing a crossword puzzle or learning the lyrics to a new song cut the risk of Alzheimer’s threefold. ‘Active brain cells demand more connections with other brain cells, and that keeps them young, healthy and disease-free,’ explains neurologist David Perlmutter, M.D., coauthor of The Better Brain Book.”
They don’t specifically promote computer-based activities, and the emphasis is on “brain boosting activities,” so the trick is to differentiate between these and the often “brain numbing” activities like some shooting games or slot-machine simulators. Below are some internet puzzle resources that should fit the bill. I can’t guarantee they will stave off Alzheimer’s, but they are fun.
If the “try a new recipe” suggestion is more your speed than the puzzles, here are some useful sites:
So, enjoy and stimulate your brain cells at the same time.
By Carol Sabbar from the Kenosha News on 7-30-06