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Please can I know your opinion. I found very helpful for keep my cognitive function is a learning some of new language. Every morning I start with language lesson on Internet, it takes only ten-fifteen minutes but make my brain up to work.
How do you prevent your brain from being tired and passive? Do you feel it necessary to do?

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john_barry
1 week ago

I fear the loss of my cognitive function. I try to memorize poetry – ‘The walrus and the carpenter’, Tom Waits lyrics and such. Not sure if it helps but I’m having fun with it.


merfield
1 week ago

@ambidxter, good point-‘if you don’t want to lose it ……’ same goes for the grey matter . I committed to learning Spanish which I did via Skype with a teacher in Lanzorote. I did it until I couldn’t get my books together or spare the time as everything takes ages now ,even typing this. So I’ve given up but it helped at the time no doubt😊xx


ambidxter
1 week ago

@merfield, I want to try everything I can do yet.


ambidxter
1 week ago

@john_barry, doctors have been treating me for over twenty years. During this time, nothing fundamentally new happened. I began to look for something else myself. First of all, treatment. For many years I used Q-10 in a very high dosage, during this time I have never been in the hospital. Before that I’ve in the hospital every year.


itsmewithms
1 week ago

I’m planning to start playing piano again. I haven’t played seriously since high school so over 30 years ago. Finally built our long awaited county home and it had a special space for a baby grand so we bought one a year and a half ago but between work and life demands I have not played it as much as my daughter has ;-0 so at least it has had some use and she is much better!

That will have the double bonus of finger dexterity…and since I have prior ability to build on I’m hoping it makes some good connections and I enjoy it.

A couple of years ago I did pick up some French as we had a french exchange student stay with us. Consider opening your home to that opportunity if you can. Have in in-house tutor ;-0 can’t say she could help me with French but she was very fun and I learned a lot about France and their culture.

Keep learning, growing and experiencing. It can only help!

This summer for one month we hosted a 4H international exchange visitor from Taiwan. I did not even attempt more than a few words but we were both humored by my attempt. Very nice girl and we had fun adventures.


keepsmyelin99
1 week ago

I use the Duolingo app to learn and practice languages every day. Sometimes I marvel at my brain when I forget the word for something in my native language but can then list how to say it in 3 other ones! 😂
I also play multiple instruments so I can keep my dexterity and breathing nice and strong.
I love memorising the words to an entire album every few months – Musicals are great for this, and having a rhythm or melody to go with words actually makes them easier to remember.
Eating oily fish is something that I find helps. And bananas and peanut butter – not sure why but I notice the difference!
I also take a few drops of Vitamin D3 in my orange juice every morning which I’m sure send energy to the brain for all its functions and memory.
I also like to do word searches and crosswords every so often.
Oh and meditation has been helping me to remember things a lot quicker than I usually would.
Organisation is a big hack though – lists and calendars and reminders allow you to offload temporary info and retain the more important and permanent things.
I also like doing the Maths questions on the tv programme Countdown. You get quicker after about 4 attempts.
And sometimes I like to type something into Wikipedia and follow lots of links to things I’m interested in that pop up in the article, then try and click my way back to the original article!


ambidxter
1 week ago

@keepsmyelin99, I use duo lingo too. It always good and keep my mind clear.


dominics
1 week ago

Reading, writing, thinking. Believe it or not, many people mistake decision making for thinking. Though I suppose it is a process of thought I mean the idea of puzzling over a problem that seems intractable. It forces you to read and learn things you never imagined you would.

Trying to ‘break’ a problem through the application intellect is quite satisfying. Guided by my supervisor during my undergraduate I hit upon an explanation for something which even I thought was a bit out there. 4y later and it turns out that some ideas are being picked up by other researchers and I get mentioned in their papers. Having said that, they may be laughing at me. I haven’t read them, I get emails from Academia.edu telling me I have been mentioned in relation to research on the terrorist Anders Breivik. Who knew.

Learning a language though; that is next level! I have a terrible history of getting it wrong and I’m very glad for people who will translate for me! Kudos.

I love it as much because for great tracts of a day I entirely forget about MS and everything to do with it. That alone is quite healthy.


rivka
1 week ago

Hmmm. Looks like we have a small sub community of Duolingo users. I’m using it daily, though I have added incentive, at a late age, I moved countries and languages!


ambidxter
1 week ago

@dominics, I tried different things to solve problems with my cognitive and physical abilities: nutritional supplements, amino acids, vitamins. Something works, something not, it depends on lots of parameters. But learning suitable with any age and any form of MS.
@rivka, welcome to the board! What is your native language? (if it is not a secret)


rivka
1 week ago

No secret, @ambidxter! I’m an American from Chicago, and English was my one and only language until my husband and I fulfilled our life long dream and moved to Jerusalem, Israel. It’s a huge challenge to change countries and languages, but I love every moment of it.


ambidxter
1 week ago

@rivka, @rivka, I’m also from Jerusalem. But my native language is Russian, it excuses a bit my English.


rivka
1 week ago

@ambidxter, we are neighbors then! Do you attend any of the Jerusalem MS society meetings?


ambidxter
1 week ago

@rivka< Used to go there for few years. I think that it is completely useless. Like doctors are also completely useless. With the exception of the cardinal line of treatment. Anything else dependence on me only.

@ambidxter I was diagnosed with ms 2yrs ago after mri but turns out that I was misdiagnosed way back in 1975( no scans then!) and luckily for me I’ve had very little trouble til these last few years. I found if I was pressured or got heavily involved in discussion etc my brain shut down so struggling to think and speak. Quite scary! In February I read an article how very high doses of omega3 had been remarkably helpful with people who’d had severe brain injuries. For about 4 months I took 4 instead of 3 and now take recommended 3 capsules. I’ve not had a brain shutdown for 5 months now!????


tumbleweed
1 week ago

I subscribe to Lumosity brain training and it’s cost is very resonable for a year. Also teaching myself to draw and paint which I have noticed is quite hard to copy off a picture and reinterpret in my head to hands to put on paper – I drew years ago and it was alot easier.


ambidxter
3 days ago

@tumbleweed I’ll look at that closely


ambidxter
3 days ago

There is the same game but in Russian but free). I’ve found the language learning very similar but more comfortable and useful for me. Seems like it goes very individual depend on personality.

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