By Chris DeWald
Often faced with "you have reached your insurance limit" or "we believe you have reached your possible learning rehabilitation," we want to give up. Stroke denial can take a perilous turn in our lives especially if it is garnished by people that surround us with a negative attitude.
Don't let anyone take your resolve away. I did not believe that I was different and that was for sure a denial. Now whether you are in denial or not, I am here to show you some ways to assist to get that brain motivated. Gee, if you have fun along the way, more power to you.
First, many of you are faced with monetary restrictions. In other words "No Cash".....You found yourselves here so that is a great start. For me, I found myself with that 6 month waiting period for SSI . No cash flow. However, I found I had skills left to research on the computer for places on the internet that were "free" without any downloading. Just go there and "have fun" and also retrain that brain.
I enjoy the site www.gamesforthebrain.com. The list include:
Dragger | Counterfeit | Guess the Colors | Rotate | Rotate≤ | Chinese Checkers | Colored Lines | Masterpieces | Mastercards | Sudoku | Reversi | Mastermind | TwinCol | NumberHunt | MineHunter Crime Scene | Mahjongg Solitaire | What Was There? | The Image Quiz | TriviaNut | Guess the Flag Marsmoney | Memocoly | Checkers | Chess Lettermaze | Anagramania | Guess the Place! | Letterama | SquareWords | What Word? | Spellice What Did I Search For? | The WordHunt Game | SpeedType | SpeedRead
This site has the ability to select languages. There is no sound and that is great for people with brain injuries. Mastercards is similar to an old favorite TV show called "Concentration." Use Dragger to put pieces together to form a picture. Masterpieces will remind you of therapy and memory. Mastermind is an advance therapy version of masterpiece. Number hunt brings out your math abilities and eye coordination...Hey Gang, Have mouse will travel.
Now we move on to "Need Cash" Department. I have taken the Nintendo DS for a test drive. The unit costs 129.00 (US) and the games can cost anywhere between 19-23.00 USD. I call this the cheap therapist. It is a portable game no larger that an eyeglass case and is easily held in your hands. The games are based on the teachings of Japanese Neuroscientist Dr. Ryuta Kawashima. I test drove Brain Age, Brain Age 2 and Brain Assist. The brain assist stimulates your eye focus and the other games assist the strengthening of different areas of the brain. It even has a speech aid where you speak to the Nintendo DS when it shows a word. Amazing device.
But every good thing has a warning and we should be aware that the DS warns that some people may have seizures triggered by light flashes or patterns in video games. I am one of those people who cannot watch Guitar hero or even the ticker tape at the bottom of news shows.
Finally, the Nintendo Wii. I have read some members comments asking about this. Well, I test drove the Wii. I find it is fun and does help with my coordination. Working with the wand to move items on screen gets frustrating, if you use it in your affected hand. This item runs about 299.00(USD) and then you must invest in the games that sell for 29.00 (USD) to 49.00 (USD).
My recommendation is to try out the free web site. Don't immediately spend money on any game system. Game outlet centers and large department stores have demonstration models. Use the demonstration models do see if can use and if you like the item.
In the future I plan to write articles as the man (survivor) on the street". If this means taking on acupuncture or hyperbaric chambers "Suit me up"......Have fun members
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