October 13, 2015

why exercise your brain and your body!

These and other resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

Bend your brain :151 puzzles, tips, and tricks to blow (and grow) your mind

The Brain Store, a chain devoted to building better brains, offers puzzles and brain teasers to help enhance memory, build problem-solving skills, and reduce stress.
 With the help of their in-house team of BrainCoaches and access to cutting-edge neuroscience, they've designed these puzzles to keep your mind flexible and fit.
Arranged in five key brain categories—visual perception, word skills, critical thinking, coordination, and memory—Bend Your Brain offers a variety of puzzles ranging from mind-warming (easy) to mind-blowing (hard!):
· Connecting the dots? More like working your spatial-orientation skills.
· Identifying famous smiles? Flexing your visual memory.
· Taking a closer look at your keyboard? Coding, storing, and retrieving.
· Word-doku? Summoning cognitive abilities like appraisal, inference, impulse control, and evaluation.
· Word scrambles? Tapping your brain’s association areas.

Brain flexers : Games and Activities to Strengthen Memory
This book is a collection of 86 one-page activities designed especially for individuals with early memory loss to help strengthen brain functioning, promote social interaction, and provide hours of meaningful entertainment. Using trivia, reminiscence, and word association, individuals can test their memory and gain new knowledge on a wide variety of topics related to people, places, and things. Activities use an assortment of matching, fill-in-the-blank, and brainstorming skills and can be enjoyed either by individuals or with groups.

The book is divided into the following themes:Warm-ups, Sharpening Your Senses
Language, Geography, Creativity, History and Culture, Logic and Sequence, Music
Each activity includes answers as well as facilitator instructions

I remember better when I paint : treating Alzheimer's through the creative arts
Initiatives that get people with Alzheimer's involved in art and creative workshops are producing remarkably posistive results. Dozen of day care centers, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are using drawing, painting and museum visits as effective therapies, making it possible to improve the quality of life and restore a dialogue between caregivers and families. Scientists have discovered that the parts of the brain related to emotions and creativity are largely spared by the disease. Today experts recognize the benefits of these new approaches that dramatically change the way we look at the disease. Plus seven special features showing the new creative therapies : Recreating Social Bonds (6 min.), Organizing A Creative Workshop (7 min.), Organizing An Outing (9 min.), The Importance Of Physical Exercise (5 min.), The Memory Garden (11 min.), The Hearthstone Way (9 min.), Art & Care Until The Last Stages (7 min.)

Get stronger, live longer
Why exercise?  This DVD gives you plenty of reasons as to why you should exercise in your senior years.  It promotes the benefits of strength training to older people for both physical and mental health. It is not an instructional or how to DVD.  The aim is to inspire people to go out and start strength training and enjoy the benefits.  In the DVD  a number of people of various ages talk about the benefits to them of doing strength training including increasing friendships and social networks. With improved physical, social and mental health comes a renewed quality of life. The clear message is “Strength training – you’re never too old to start”.

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