In a national newspaper this week I read an article that suggested that doing puzzles, brain teasers and reading is helpful in warding off dementia. I nearly spat out my coffee whilst reading it as mum did all those things and more as mere hobbies before dementia took hold. She worked as an engineer and designed the windows on Concorde, was a top class mathematician who worked alongside Barnes Wallis of Dam busters fame, played golf for many years daily and took on daily crosswords, sudoku and read a book a week, and yet none of that stopped her getting vascular dementia. Of course I guess you could argue that she was 83 when diagnosed so therefore mental and physical exercise "could" have kept it at bay for years prior, but the way the article was written it was this typical modern day forced way of saying "If you do this you won't get this!" and I found it a tad misleading. So are some media articles unhelpful or am I a tad sensitive?!