Brain Teasers & Cognitive Fitness

Cognitive fitness is somewhat controversial in the world of Dementia Care. While cognitive fitness itself is a wonderful concept, for people with cognitive disorders, many advocates wonder if there is enough evidence to support the money being spent on programs (paper/pencil based and computer based). What do you think? Does it matter? If ANYTHING might help, isn’t that good enough? What about going to a gym – that only works while people stick with it… and can be costly as well. Let us know what you think about cognitive fitness. And here are some Brain Teasers from recent issues of our newsletter “Alz You Need to Know.”

1.  Can you decipher the musical instruments represented below? 




@ # $ %


Inside each set of the following words, there is a pair of smaller words. By putting “&” between them, lo & behold, you’ll make a familiar phrase. For example, “Thighbone/Swallowtail” conceals “High & Low.”

1. Skyrocketing/Trolleyman
2. Thermometer/Apoplexy
3. Delaware/Bordering
4. Surprised/Trashiness
5. Throughout/Stumblebum


3.  What does the following group of names have in common?


 4.  What day is this??

Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday or Sunday

5.  From what heavy seven-letter word can you take away two letters and still have eight left?


 1.  A piano; tubas; clarinet; and cymbals. 2. Rock & roll, Mom & Pop, Law & Order, Rise & Shine, Rough & Tumble. 3. They are all the birth names of famous one-name entertainers: Madonna (Madonna Louise Ciccone); Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPiere); Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson); and Sting (Gordon Matthew Sumner). 4.  Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. 5.  There are two answers possible: Freight and Weights.

(Photo credit: Sharp Brains, a cognitive fitness company with web-based products and services)

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