Trending, on Facebook, are riddles people solve to keep from becoming a giraffe for three days. A few brave people attempt to answer the riddle because they like a challenge. Others bypass the new fad because the picture of the giraffe shows everyone that they gave a wrong answer. Most people just aren’t comfortable with letting others know they failed a test.
Studies prove that challenging the brain helps ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s. Solving the riddles gives the brain a workout, something people neglect to do during a busy day. There are many ways to keep the brain working at optimal function. The following ideas are a few examples:
- Take a different route to work two or three times a week. You actually have to think instead of getting there automatically.
- Work crossword puzzles once a week.
- Put a 2,000-piece puzzle together by working on it an hour at a time.
- Learn a new hobby, such as knitting, crocheting, doll making, putting together model cars or airplanes, wood carving or building small furniture.
- Read non-fiction books to learn a new skill.
- Learn a new language.
- Take the Brain Fitness Challenge.
- Try out the Brain Challenge iPhone App.
The brain is an organ in the body that rarely gets exercised once adults find their comfort zone in life. With thousands being diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s every year, there is a need for someone with the ability to think clearly and to act for them. These are the facts according to Alzheimer’s.org.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
- More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease.
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
- In 2012, 15.4 million caregivers provided more than 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 billion
- Nearly 15% of caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia are long-distance caregivers.
Keeping the brain healthy using holistic tools is simply making yourself stop and think. By challenging your brain, you may never need the aid of prescription drugs.
Therefore, don’t run from the giraffe. Yon won’t be alone. In fact, you will have lots of company, but here are a few tips to help you out: The answer isn’t the obvious. The facts in the puzzle usually won’t help you solve it. Think outside the box. The answer will remind you of those silly riddles that ran the halls of middle schools throughout America since way back when.