:-) definitely not mind numbing, all bleeding edge development for hire, and mostly diferent products with different challenges. Re the piano, I don't expect to get real good, it's more that I love music, have been told I have perfect piano player's hands and what the heck I'll need a new challenge :-) If it was mind numbing I couldn't do it, when I find things boring I can't do them for more than 10 minutes a time. I often marvel at those that CAN do repetitive tasks adinfintum, I couldn't survive without them, and I say this with the utmost of respect, not tongue in cheek as some might think. My sister-in-law can sit in the back of the car chatting with you and an hour later when we get somewhere she's holding a jumper in her hands. My wife assembles electromechanical relays day in, day out with absolute precision, if it were me they'd have to get a straight jacket before the first day was out :-).
:-) that's been happening to me as long ago as I can remember (oops how long is that :-) ) I think probably the earliest recollection is around 16, and I don't think it's getting any worse, so maybe it's just that we worry about it more as we get older??
:-) I do design work an average of 12-14 hours a day at the moment :-( and have no energy to do more puzzles but do physical exercise to get my circulation going. When I have less work I do crosswords and try to beat the quiz champions :-) I'm not particularly good at word jumbles but do help my wife with her iPad app from time to time that shows bits of a picture and a bunch of letters that may or may not be in the word. I'm not sure the picture makes it easier sometimes. I guess not being good at them means I should do more? In any case, I refuse to believe I'm getting old, just wiser :-) and always try to do new things. When I retire I aim to learn to play the piano.
@etmax... "if you don't use it you lose it" .... Very true.
I try to do the "jumble" puzzle in the paper every day (making jumbled letters into words). If I can do it I am reassured that most of my marbles are still in the bag. If I can't I get very angry with myself.... fortunately that does not happen toooo often (yet.... :-)
I start worrying whenever I forget something, which seems to happen with increasing frequency: What did I just go upstairs for? Why am I looking in the refrigerator? What was it that I was supposed to remind my husband about so that he wouldn't forget?? Where did I put those reading glasses? Oh wait, why am I writing this?
To improve your memory, regular exercise does work. I recommend going to the gym for almost one hour, three or two times a week... the old fashion way. The problem with senior citizens today (and non senior citizens) is that they think that once you become a 60 – 65 years old, you suppose to stop being active and sit in a rocking chair (well, not all, but many). Well, that may have been wonderful about 20 years ago, but due to new ideas, better engineering & technology, and medical research studies; there are a lot of things that senior citizens can do to live a wonderful life after retirement, keep their memory, and enjoy time with their grandchildren. Computer games are wonderful, but regular exercise along with computer games will be my recommendation. By the way, I can't recall the source, but someone informed me that the age of 80 years old is the new real senior citizen.
Re: "improved memory and language skills in senior citizens" seeing you're going out and buying it, are you saying you're a senior citizen??
I jest of course. Apparently hearing needs exercise too. Studies have shown that city dwellers subject to continuous noise (not those subject to deafening noise) also have better hearing than people living in jungles and other remote areas. I guess "if you don't use it you lose it" holds true in all sorts of ways
Really, I was going to work on my memory today, but I forgot. Seriously, one in eight Baby Boomers -- about 10 million Americans alone -- will die of Alzheimer's disease. Another million will suffer from other dementias brought on by stroke, heart problems, injuries, genetics, or other causes. We need to work our minds like we work our muscles. And, by the way, while games are good, exercise will help both mind and muscle (along with waistline).
There are some great electronics angles to this by the way. I hope the author explores such things as the new generation of personal training devices, electronic games, and other gizmos that can help us be healthier people.