Give your brain a workout with the book Jeremy Vine has described as ‘great fun’
With the temperatures still low across most of the UK, now is the perfect time to cosy up with a puzzle book, says Alzheimer’s Society as it highlights National Puzzle Day.
But challenging yourself with a crossword, sudoku or number game can do more than keep you entertained, it can get your brain fired up – potentially helping to boost your memory and stave off dementia.
While your age, genes and health can increase your risk of getting dementia, giving your grey matter a regular workout is one of the ways you can potentially hold off the condition. Research has previously shown 40% of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed by targeting modifiable risk factors throughout life.
Mind Games by Dr Tim Beanland, Alzheimer’s Society’s Head of Knowledge, is the ultimate resource with over 150 puzzles as well as top brain health tips. Puzzle fans have already been leaving glowing reviews, and it’s been described by BBC Radio 2 host Jeremy Vine as ‘great fun’!
The puzzles in Mind Games aim to target different areas of the brain, testing your mental agility with pictures, words, numbers or logic.
But Mind Games is more than just a collection of puzzles. Dr Beanland provides expert insight into the science of brain health and the benefits of regular mental exercise. Also included is a 7-day puzzle programme, plus practical tips and advice to keep your mind active and engaged.
Whether you’re looking to improve your memory, sharpen your focus, or reduce your risk of dementia, Mind Games will help you achieve your goals. With its comprehensive range of puzzles and expert guidance, this book is the ultimate resource for anyone keen to improve their brain health and enhance their mental agility.
Dementia describes a set of symptoms caused by different diseases, including Alzheimer’s. These diseases damage the brain and over time can affect memory, problem-solving, language and behaviour. Dementia is not a natural part of getting older.
‘Cognitive reserve’ is a person’s ability to cope with such disease in their brain. It is built up by keeping the brain active over a person’s lifetime. The more cognitive reserve a person has, the longer it takes for any diseases in their brain to cause problems with everyday tasks. People with a smaller cognitive reserve are at a higher risk of getting dementia in their lifetime.
With regular practice, puzzles may help to build up cognitive reserve, improve brain function and prevent age-related cognitive decline.
Dr Tim Beanland, Alzheimer’s Society Head of Knowledge and author of Mind Games said: “One in three people born in the UK today will go on to develop dementia and it’s the UK’s biggest killer.
“There’s growing evidence that an active lifestyle is closely linked to healthy ageing, in both body and mind. A good way to keep your brain healthy is to be mentally active throughout life, perhaps by learning another language or a musical instrument, or by writing, making art or doing puzzles.
“Central to this idea of cognitive stimulation is that it should challenge you, which often means trying new things: variety is the spice of brain health.
“My puzzle book, Mind Games, is a useful resource for anyone keen to improve brain health and enhance mental agility.
“And importantly, it’s a fun way to give the brain a good workout. Use it or lose it!”
Mind Games is available to buy on Amazon and in major bookstores. Part of the proceeds will go towards Alzheimer’s Society.