My Father has Parkinsons. He is an amazingly intelligent man, who has become frustrated because Parkinsons gets in the way of the quick thought patterns he has always had.
We have taken to doing crossword puzzles and playing scrabble together on the computer.
Sometimes the words don't come as quickly as he would like, other times I am astonished at the way he can think of a word, or see/spell something I am struggling with.
I have come to realize that even though I was raised with an excellent education by Dad and Mom ( Mom is a retired English teacher and gave me a great vocabulary)..my brain has become lazy. I rely on "spell check" and don't remember how to spell the easiest words. I do not have Parkinsons, but I am benefiting by giving my brain a workout during the games I play with Dad.....and we are having fun together at the same time.
Have any of you tried these kinds of word games-and are you finding they benefit you?
PS ...as I write this I am trying to remember if the words "Dad and Mom" should be capitalized since I am using them in lieu of their proper names! It seems that the saying "Use it or lose it" is true of people with or without Parkinsons!