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Is Brain Training for everyone? Well no, not in the traditional sense. But it also depends what you classify as brain training.

For some, it’s crossword puzzles, sudoku, memory games or meditation. Here’s a pretty comprehensive list of things that you may find useful for brain training:

  • Choose a variety of activities that you enjoy
  • Exercise
  • A hobby such as painting, carpentry, metal work, sewing, craft or collecting
  • A short course such as woodwork, gardening, computers, cooking, mechanics or yoga
  • Reading different styles of books, newspapers or magazines
  • Writing poetry, essays or keeping a diary
  • Doing jigsaw, crossword, number or word puzzles
  • Playing board games or cards
  • Learning to dance, play an instrument or speak a new language
  • Going to the theatre, movies, museum, gallery or a concert
  • Cooking a new recipe or building a model
  • Joining a club or community group or volunteering
  • Play Sudoku
  • Eating well

A specialist in Alzheimer’s prevention says that using crossword puzzles or brain training as her mental exercise isn’t going to benefit her.

“Just sitting down and doing Sudoku isn’t probably going to be the one key thing that’s going to prevent you from developing Alzheimer’s disease,” she says.

But Jessica Langbaum Ph.D. has no set brain training exercises or video games, instead she uses work as her brain training.

“My job is my daily cognitive training,” says Langbaum, the associate director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix.

When Langbaum was asked on what others could do to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s Dementia in later life, she says: “If you like crossword puzzles, do them…but try something new. And trying something new that brings you enjoyment is key. Don’t do it if you don’t like it.”