The phrase “use it or lose it” is a cliché. But it’s true. If you don’t exercise your muscles as you age, you lose muscle tone. If you don’t exercise your mind, the mind becomes weaker as well.
There are numerous brain games you can play to keep your brain strong. You can play solitaire, card matching games, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, or even watch TV game shows that allow you to solve the puzzles before the contestant.
Studies have shown that regular use of brainteasers helps protect against Alzheimer’s Disease. Keep working your grey matter and keep yourself healthy.
To test your mental acuity, answer the following questions (no peeking at the answers):
- Julie’s mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?
- A clerk at a butcher shop stands five feet nine inches tall and wears size 11 sneakers. What does he weigh?
- Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
- How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by two feet by four feet?
- What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?
- Barbara was born on December 28th, yet her birthday always falls in the summer. How is this possible?
- If you were running a race and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?
3. Mt. Everest. It just wasn’t discovered yet.
4. There is no dirt in a hole.
5. Incorrectly (except when it is spelled incorrecktly).
6. Barbara lives in the southern hemisphere.
7. You would be in 2nd place. You passed the person in second place, not first.