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A quick note [Jan. 2nd, 2018|07:40 am]
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We took black-eyed peas and scrabble over to my parents for lunch yesterday. My dad has suggested game playing in response to the lifestyle changes suggested for someone with mild cognitive impairment.

Intellectual stimulation may prevent cognitive decline. Studies have shown computer use, playing games, reading books and other intellectual activities may help preserve function and prevent cognitive decline.

Social engagement may make life more satisfying, and help preserve mental function and slow mental decline.

I thought my mom would find scrabble more congenial than my dad's suggestion of hearts. My dad's response was horror: his spelling is much worse than mine. He recognized that it would be good for my mom though, so he gamely agreed. Mom, however, disappeared and called her sister.

I was very disappointed. One reason is just the hope for ever having a relaxed time with my mother that isn't folks trapped in a car....

but it's time to go to work.


[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2018-01-02 09:01 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry your mother didn't play Scrabble with you. That could've been fun, even for your father. (I play a lot of Solitaire, not only to gum up the part of my brain that worries all the time, but also to exercise my cognitive function. Hope it helps, because I'm getting pretty forgetful.)

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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2018-01-03 02:11 am (UTC)
I am growing so aware of how her social anxiety has affected her for years and years. I hope we can find ways to be sociable with her in ways she can relax into.

I'm not sure i'll be able to recognize aging forgetfulness over my baseline forgetfulness.
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