The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.
Estimated amount of glucose used by an adult human brain each day, expressed in M&Ms: 250.
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words bother me.
A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
I couldn't stop myself with one quote today because there were so many fun choices, but all joking aside, today I want to talk about the importance of keeping the brain stimulated.
This subject is important to me since my mother had dementia. Many of the suggestions made by doctors to stave off dementia encourage keeping the brain active by challenging it so that new neural pathways are created.
I found some interesting information recently regarding reducing the risk of dementia. It comes from two University of Missouri studies. (I tried finding the actual studies so I could read and link them, but could not track them down.) The studies suggested that frequent dancing could reduce the risk of dementia by 76%. Doing at least four crossword puzzles a week reduced the risk by 47% and reading by 35%.
Is the greater risk reduction caused perhaps by the physical aspect of dancing (including increased cardiovascular activity) coupled with the mental challenge of learning new dance steps? I don't know. I already read as much as I can. I enjoy crossword puzzles, sudoku and kakuro. Maybe it is time for my husband and I to start taking those ballroom dancing lessons we've been talking about for years.