Tune your brain on the Internet
One minute youre at the top of your class, the next youre trying to remember whats-his-face from that thing you went to that time you know the thing.
As we get older we forget things. Some believe this process is accelerated by factors like exposure to mercury and other metals, and from the liberal use of alcohol or drugs. Some believe its genetic, a natural occurrence that takes place when your brain cells dont replicate like they used to.
For others, memory loss is a serious problem, a symptom of diseases like Alzheimers that can leave people so incapacitated that they require full-time care.
But while the risk of memory problems increases with age, there is no minimum age to start experiencing memory loss, or for contracting medical conditions that impact on cognitive powers and memory. In other words it could happen to you, if it isnt happening already.
The most recent edition of Wired has an article titled Brain Workouts May Tone Memory, which compiles some of the most recent data on memory issues and the tricks that people can use to prolong the inevitable.
According to most studies, people who fully use their brain power on a regular basis lose it less as they age, even when you factor in medical conditions like Alzheimers. In addition, people who make an effort to actively exercise their brain through constant learning and testing, are generally better off down the road because they have built stronger neural connections.
There are several websites out there with advice and tools to exercise your encephalon, lube up your lobes and stretch out your cerebellums.
The first site recommended by Wired is the New England Cognitive Centre at www.cognitivecentre.org . Other good spots are the Alzheimers Associations Maintain Your Brain site at www.alz.org/maintainyourbrain/ , and the American Society on Agings Mind Alert site at www.asaging.org/mindalert/ .
While these sites are geared primarily for seniors theres lots of good stuff there for everybody.
When you exhaust what those sites have to offer, try visiting a few of these other sites.
www.jeopardy.com The official website for the famed Jeopardy game show has its own online games to play.
www.wikipedia.com The Wikipedia is an open-source encyclopedia with a little something about everything. Ever want to know what Scientology is? What Einsteins theory of relativity is all about? This is a good place to start.