Not many parents think about preventing Alzheimer’s in their children when they are five or six years old. Alzheimer’s is thought to be associated with people who are 55 and older. So why would a parent need to put their five year old and Alzheimer’s in the same thought? Simple, because a child’s brain is still growing, they have a better chance of benefiting from brain training. While the cause of Alzheimer’s is not known, brain training is encouraged to exercise your brain like you would any other muscle to help prevent Alzheimer’s. Think of it this way, it is normally easier for children to pick up on tasks than it is for adults. Riding a bike, playing the piano or learning a language, children are known to learn these tasks faster than adults. Once a child learns a new task, it never leaves the brain. The same goes for cognitive learning skills; once they are developed the child never loses them.
Many adults play simple brain games to help prevent Alzheimer’s or dementia. Simple games such as puzzles, crosswords, Sudoku and matching cards help to stimulate the brain and improve memory, attention, logic and reasoning. For a child, brain training games serve two purposes. One is to develop their basic cognitive skills for them to learn and grow as they get older. The second purpose is to help keep their brain active to help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s. In a sense, having your child play brain training games can give them a better chance at NOT developing Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia because they started much younger than the average adult does. According to LearningRX, an online brain training program for children, there are seven major cognitive skills that your child should strengthen daily. Auditory processing, visual processing, memory, attention, processing speed, work attack and logic and reasoning are the main areas of focus in brain training for children. LearningRX states that improving these seven cognitive skills will help children to stay on task, create visual pictures, understand what they are reading better and help them to tackle complex tasks. Your child not only will strengthen their cognitive skills, but they will also get a boost in learning new material for school.
So why not help develop your child’s brain to the best of it’s ability, and have them play brain games for a couple of hours a week. Their everyday thought processes will be sharper and faster and their brain will be fit for a lifetime of knowledge.