Like the Corners of My Mind

I just read a book about a woman with Alzheimer’s in about a day and now I’m really aware of everything I forget. Alzheimer’s has to be so devastating for family members, but what was really compelling was to understand how the person with the disease actually experiences it.

With that on my mind, I’m happy that I’ve signed myself and my family up for Lumosity. Lumosity has been running ads everywhere and I finally succumbed to them. Basically it’s brain games to keep you sharp or even improve your memory. We’ve been having fun with it, though most of my scores aren’t that great compared to others in my age group:

MY BPI =790, 54.1th percentile
Speed = 831, 53.5th percentile
Memory = 779, 49.6th percentile
Attention = 1040, 77.4th percentile
Flexibility = 717, 51st percentile
Problem Solving = 587, 39th percentile

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  • Reply Laura Domela December 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Wow, my attention needs some serious training! Totally interesting that it’s your highest category. (I bet Kevin’s score there would be really high too.)

    BPI = 934 (77.2th percentile)
    Speed = 1162 (86th percentile)
    Memory = 999 (79.1th percentile)
    Attention = 413 (31.8th percentile)
    Flexibility = 978 (78.5th percentile)
    Problem Solving = 1120 (88th percentile)

    • Reply Leigh December 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      DANG girl!! You’re on fire!

  • Reply Laura Domela December 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Did you follow some of the “reader’s tips” in the right column? Those are kinda helpful I think…things to think about re: using the keyboard differently…check those out cuz I think they really helped!

    And um, you kicked my ASS in the attention category…seriously! How do you concentrate so well in an Airstream with another person right across from you??? I can’t do it! I’m going to try it again when we get home and see if I can do better. 🙂

    • Reply Leigh December 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      I HAVE used some of the tips. I’m just very slow. When I look at a recipe I probably check the measurements 3 or 4 times just to make sure I don’t screw up. I also think I’m just lazy in the memory department – where I’ve become so dependent on computers that I don’t bother remembering things, I just remember where to find the stuff I want to remember.

      Brian actually has messed me up a bunch of times where it’s amazing how hard it is to re-focus. I’m not sure which of the tests are for attention, but at least I’m good at one thing!

  • Reply Laura Domela December 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I read one time when I was in art school that it takes a certain amount of time to get into a creative, focused zone (maybe 30 minutes or so) and you can be knocked out of it instantly…then it can take that long again to get back. (That’s why it was so hard for me to have my painting studio at home!)

    When you go to “games” you can click on the left to choose the kinds of games you want to practice. For me…I’ll be choosing “attention” for a while I think. 🙂

  • Reply terrie December 10, 2012 at 5:44 am

    thanks for reminding me of Lumosity…..great Christmas gift for some….including self….

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