Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks


For years I have been reading that learning new things or even some simple mind games can fend off dementia and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. Lifelong learning has always been ingrained in my daily life. If dementia sneaks up on me or Alzheimer’s shrouds me like an encroaching shadow, scientists can use my brain to debunk their learning theories.

In the meantime, there are a plethora of possibilities at hand for my brain stimulation. Having bed and breakfast guests who ask a multitude of questions that require both a rote response and those that require critical thought are brain stimulating. Having created our first website using YouTube videos and then years later recreating it completely with the excellent tutelage of Nigel Hancock has certainly been a brain simulator. Now, the challenges of moving from the simplistic Blogger format to WordPress have been yet another learning opportunity.

Yet the most playful brain game gadget getting my attention multitudinous times a day is my smartphone. The last edition prior to my current phone was the initial version of the Samsung Galaxy. It turned out to be an exceptional phone, but after years of use and tech upgrades, there were compatibility issues with newer apps I felt would be useful. After purchasing the Galaxy 5, deciding to hold off on the 6, I am thrilled with my purchase.

This is where Ron comes in. He too had the old Galaxy, but it was wearing out, slowing down, even with a new battery. Ron likes to play mind games on the computer, so I convinced him to get a new Galaxy 5 as well. Now, helping him figure out how to navigate through various menus, tasks, and actually playing mind games on his phone, will be a brain simulator.

If you would like to read more about Brain Exercises and Dementia visit these links:

Web MD Alzheimer’s Disease Health Center

Alzheimers.net 8 Brain-Training Games for Memory

Best Alzheimer’s Products Games for People with Alzheimer’s

After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.