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Friday, December 21, 2012

Neurobics - Alzheimer's prevention ?

Mental exercises called 'Neurobics' may prove effective to enhance brain
performance, improve mental fitness and memory.

The term 'Neurobics' was coined by the late Neurobiologist Lawrence Katz
and Manning Rubin in their book called 'Keep Your Brain Alive'. It describes
a series of unique mental exercises designed to keep the brain alert.

In the book, Katz and Rubin reveal that unusual sensory stimulation and
activities such as non-routine actions and thoughts, produce neurochemicals
which encourage growth of new dendrites and neurons in the brain.

Routine actions become so automatic to the individual that most actions
are done largely unconsciously. Such automated or unconscious actions
require less activity in the brain and thus, motive to 'think'. With the help
of Neurobics, Katz and Rubin claim that these simple exercises can
stimulate the brain, warding off such illnesses as Dementia and Alzheimer's.

Examples of Neurobics:
* Brush your teeth and comb your hair using your non-dominant hand.
* Perform a series of tasks with your eyes closed: dress / undress.
* Wear your watch on the opposite wrist.
* Walk backwards through your home. (I tried this - hilarious !)
* Look at photos sideways or upside down.
* Find out what time your watch reads by looking at the reflection in a mirror.
* Move / use your computer mouse to the opposite side of the keyboard.
* Change the route you take to/from work.

Keep Your brain Alive, by Lawrence Katz and Manning Rubin.

Thanks Joe Y.


  1. Millions of people across the world are experiencing Alzheimer’s disease and it’s been nice to have read this article.

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