Yesterday I complained about the ads that plague my Internet browsing. I put Adblock on my Chrome. It’s much better. You only get clusters of site promoters like ‘Would you like our newsletter?’ ‘Please do this survey’ or ‘Follow us on Twitter’ ‘Donate to Patreon’. Ad confetti!
But a really good app is called the human brain. It does bullshit blocks pretty well.
At the age when Alzheimer’s is the worst fear of my life, I have been getting sick of ‘science’ telling me that doing crosswords (I hate crosswords only because I’m totally useless at them} or playing Sudoku (Aaaargh, even worse) and keeping my brain active will stop/retard the onset of Altzheimers.
I think the science on that is disproved by the numbers of people who are active in every way and STILL get it. Lists Here
So my bullshit blocker rather enjoyed this very cautious article this morning that proclaims –
Crosswords and Sudoku do not help reduce the chances of developing dementia, a leading older people’s charity has warned.
Online “brain-training” games have little benefit for brain health and memory, and people should concentrate on socialising and learning new skills, such as a language, according to recommendations from Age UK and the Global Council on Brain Health.
This is despite the widespread belief that they are an effective way to stave off dementia, it added.
The report by the GCBH says: “If people play a ‘brain game,’ they may get better at that game, but improvements in game performance have not yet been shown to convincingly result in improvements in people’s daily cognitive abilities.
“There is insufficient evidence that improvements in game performance will improve people’s overall functioning in everyday life.”
Instead it recommends practising tai-chi or taking photography classes. Those who are already mentally active can take on activities which give them “a purpose in life”, such as volunteering or providing companionship.
Ah – yes – ‘purpose in life’ – a good recommendation by a society that teaches us from cradle to grave that there is NO purpose in life, except to reproduce our species/genus.