To prevent Alzheimer’s disease, developing thought process would be the most effective method because it makes the brain to work constantly. And the method to develop thought process can only be found from PonderEd. But this process requires time and effort.
Following method however, is a little easier and doable in everyday life. This method can even be applied for the people who started to show some signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
Before dealing with method, let’s start with something that you might want to avoid – trying to remembering things.
More detailed information can be found in the lectures and booklets.
In brief, if you try to remember things (knowledge), the brain stops thinking at the moment you find the answer. For example, you were trying to remember a friend’s phone number and your brain will start to work hard to find in the beginning. But once you find the answer, the brain stops thinking. Let’s assume that you have 10 things to memorize. As you remember one by one, your brain will repeat the process of start and stop thinking for 10 times. This process could stress the brain because it is like you are driving in traffic jam where constantly repeating the go and stop every moment.
If you would like to work on knowledge, you will need consider the level 1 training of ‘thought process-based learning’ that PonderEd providing. But as mentioned above, it will take time and effort.
Things to do: Try to find one of more activities that you can enjoy like a hobby and set a goal to challenge yourself.
Setting goals and work to achieve the goals are not the method that PonderEd provides nor recommends if you would like to develop thought process. Details in other materials.
In brief, first of all, goal-driven method could result in addiction as in electronic games which is designed for the players to challenge and feel achievement when succeeded. The second is the emotions of failure when you were not able to achieve the goal. For example, if you invest time, effort, and money to catch fish, you expect to catch fish. If you failed and gave up fishing, you might suffer from emotions of failure. In addition, you might consider all the investment waste.
However, if you are worried about dementia in general, there is not many other choices.
Method 1. Self-training
- Choose a hobby and set a small goal.
For example, chose an activity like chess game, fishing, exercise, painting, etc. And set a goal: In the case of exercise, 15 minute walk a week.
- Increase your goal every 2 or 3 weeks
Example: walk for 20 minutes after about 2-3 weeks
- Once the time reached to the maximum that you can spare that day, increase numbers of activity per week but start small
Example: if you walked on Sat, add more day but start with 15 min as a starting point.
- Increase time, days, and activity (like running) gradually.
Method 2. Training others who are suspected to show signs of Alzheimer’s disease
For those who start to show some signs of Alzheimer’s disease, fighting the disease alone would be very challenging. So they will need some help.
In this case, they need to be encouraged to use their brain to slowdown the progress.
- Choose a game or activity that two or more people can play
- Encourage the person to think more and more about the strategies to win by providing motivation. For example, when playing games, let the person win for 6-7 times out of 10 so that he/she can get the emotion of achievement and challenge to increase the winning next time.
- Respond flexibly by observing the person’s emotion since every single person would react to the results differently.