So there you are, standing in the middle of your kitchen, looking around. You KNOW you walked in there for a reason, but you can’t for the life of you remember what for. So you walk out, walk upstairs, maybe even head out to your car and then it dawns on you…you went into the kitchen for your shopping list/sunglasses/address/letters to be mailed…whatever it was, it had vanished from your brain like what you read in last week’s People magazine.
It’s a fact of life that as we get older, we forget more. In some cases, I don’t think that we actually remember less – it seems to me that our brains are so filled up with memories of all of the years we’ve been living that the little details of everyday life can get crowded out. Maybe I’m romanticizing things, but it’s a good theory, don’t you think?
Being the midlife baby-boomer that I am, I was asked to check out a new online game called Cranium Crunches.
Cranium Crunches was developed by Ruth Curran, a psychologist who created it in response to the decline she saw in both of her parents as they developed cognitive disabilities associated with chemotherapy and Parkinsonian-dementia. Seeing a need for some sort of brain exercises for older people, Curran created the game Cranium Crunches, which is suitable for ages 8 – 80.
In order to write this post, I had to try out the games. And you know what? They’re fun. Challenging at the highest level, easier at the lowest, you can test your ability to both memorize and recall bits of information. Also, the website is very pretty, with puzzles created out of beautiful photos of beaches, flowers, architecture and more. There are six different games to choose from, and they take just a few minutes each. Each game gives you a different type of brainy workout – and who over fifty can’t use a little workout, brain or otherwise?
You should check out the Cranium Crunches website and see how your brain is doing is these days. Oh, and next time you walk into a room and have no clue why you’re there, see if you can remember your first kiss instead. You may never recall what it was that sent you into that room in the first place, but at least you’ll have a nice little stroll down memory lane!
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