Some (slightly) easier puzzles this month including tech savvy lingo (fyi) and cryptic clues with a gathering whose number was back nearer full strength.
Nifty numbers, drawing, memory and anagrams took most of our time.
We agreed that we remember best if we have a motive, make an association or see a pattern. While the mature brain has a wealth of links and material, calling it up can take extra minutes and we also need to be deliberate in giving attention to new information, such as names, for easier recall.
Elspeth went to extremes this month to prove the need for continuation of neurobic workouts by forgetting ‘Brain Games’ was on. Luckily, she was in town and able to drop by the room and put on a fairly convincing act, muttering things about lost phones, covid tests, medical appointments and other distractions.
Let's hope the group humours her by giving her a chance to turn up on August 23rd!
This is not for softies as gears and cogs grind almost audibly while we search for neuronal pathways unused for years or in the process of making connections.
Luckily the brain has no pain receptors and enjoys being prompted to improve service provision!
For our April session, I planned a variety of smaller tasks as I knew the group had worked very hard in Feb. We didn't do as much on memory, though as usual, new neural pathways will have been sparked. I hope you weren't too offput by my wisecrack about forgetting to attend!
In May we did a good range of challenges but they were harder than they looked: many tricks to learn and neural pathways to be built. Luckily it's never too late to fire up the brain!
It was serious brainwork for our second session, with emphasis on memory and some cryptic homework.
Some, who clearly need the work, forgot to attend!
It was a pleasure to have a larger group presenting for the neurobic workout. We're not aiming for genius - we decided that is vanishingly rare - but the group did show flair in logic, words, numbers, creative thinking and sketching.
Brain Games is back, in a new time slot! 4th Tuesday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Tuesday 22 February!
In our March session we had a visitor, Peter, who'd misread the calendar but joined in the shape, word and number puzzles, tried a drawing and contributed to solving the rebus-riddles.
Please remember that such solitary pursuits as drawing and juggling are excellent ways to retain brain fitness and even sitting at a different place at the dinner table or tying the other shoelace first helps keep the attitude adaptable.
About Brain Games
It is well established that new skills can help build brain pathways with benefits for memory, confidence, happiness and even falls prevention. Brain Games offers a variety of entertaining and informative ways to challenge, inform and exercise your brain. Thus we might solve word, number, shape, picture or logic puzzles, take part in a quiz, brainstorm solutions to a dilemma, draw a picture or maybe even learn to juggle! There will be some time spent viewing DVDs or reading articles which explore such topics as illusions and trickes, dementia, brain repair, gender differences, optimism and pessimism, lateral thinking and creativity.
4th Tuesday 2 to 4 pm, U3A Meeting Room 1, Fawckner Drive.
Convenor and contact details
0418 621 764