According to the doctor, my Dad has the beginnings of Alzheimer’s. Boy that’s an attention-getter! I’m only twenty years behind him. So what can I do to prevent it or slow it down?
Brain exercises keep your brain healthy much like physical exercises keep the body healthy. A muscle can atrophy if it is not used. So too the brain can atrophy if it is not regularly challenged.
Studies have shown that memory loss is slowed, delayed, and sometimes regained to some degree for those who participate in “drug therapy, physical exercise, low-fat diet instruction, cognitive training, socialization, and meditation.” See this great Article.
Whether one’s memory loss is significant enough or not to see a doctor and participate in drug therapy, the other recommendations are good for all of us regardless of our age or status!
Memorizing a grocery list and playing the word games in the newspaper are good brain exercises.
Memorizing! That’s what got my attention. One of the healthiest things we can do for our brain and also for our spiritual growth is memorizing scripture.
Many of us remember the Vacation Bible School verse when we pledged allegiance to the Bible.
I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
Isn’t it amazing how God’s Word is thousands of years ahead of medical research! So among the other recommendations in the Article, Dr. Denny recommends memorizing scripture!
Here’s your Rx: write a verse or passage on a 3 x 5 card and keep it with you. Read it and reread it. Learn to say it phrase by phrase. Every spare moment pull it out and meditate on it. Mute the TV commercial and work on it. Work on it in the waiting room or while going down the road in the car. Boredom is the enemy of the brain. Say it out loud. Keep on until you can say the verse without thinking about it. Then tackle another verse or passage. Review it weekly.
Here’s some of my favorites: Romans 15:13; Ephesians 3:20-21; Matthew 6:33; Ephesians 2:8-9; Jeremiah 33:3; Exodus 20:12 and teach it to your grandchildren; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 1:9; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Nehemiah 6:9; Psalm 19:14; Proverbs 3:5-6; Isaiah 26:3; Matthew 6:19-34; John 14:1-7; 1 John 5:14-15; Acts 20:24; Philippians 1:6.
Our Father, thank-you for your life-giving Word. Thank-you for Jesus, the Word who became flesh. Thank-you for your written Word, preserved and inspired by your Holy Spirit.
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