Memory-Enhancing Board Games

When diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the impact on you or a loved one may be difficult to initially accept this. However, you are not alone. According to research studies from Alzheimer’s Disease International, in 2017, an estimated 50 million others will also seek support. At this time, you may want to consider activities that would help elevate your mood, enhance your memory and remind you that there are solutions available to help you cope. Our favourite? Interactive games! Here are our top suggestions to keep you focused and smiling.

Monopoly: There have been tales about Monopoly bringing family and friends apart, but think of it as healthy competition instead! Grab your loved ones for a fun night of real estate drama. Through problem-solving skills involving basic mathematics, negotiation and considering what is the best course of action in your upcoming moves, Monopoly is sure to bring laughs for everyone involved. You may also be able to answer the question: Could winning involve a game of luck or knowing how to buy property?

Chess: A game of chess is perfect for two. Envision you and a loved one enjoying a quiet afternoon of this memory-enhancing game, catching up about your lives. Your ability to think logically by considering the rules of the game and strategising what your moves will be, will push for memory retention. While the goal might be to capture the Queen, it is all about using your short-term memory skills to bring you closer to this task. Thus, consider it a double win, if you can get through the battlefield against horses, towers and powerful knights and strategise according to the rules and the best game plan.

Scrabble: The older we get, the more words we obtain in our memories, which we use to describe our thoughts and engage in discussion. Scrabble is the type of game that would exercise what words you do know, what you could work with and how creative you can be. No need for a dictionary, because you do have all these wonderful and weird words etched in your mind – all you have to do is remember as much as possible.

Bingo: Let’s face it, a game like bingo is rewarding, fun to play among friends and pushes you to think quickly on your feet! Bingo the perfect game to help you recall numbers and letters under pressure. Consider this a healthy way for you to keep your brain stimulated. When your brain achieves this constant stimulation, it prevents the mental decline you experience with Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, you are keep tracking of hand-eye coordination, thus continuing to challenge you brain through multi-tasking. With a belly full of laughs, time well spent with loved ones and the chances to maybe win a prize… Bingo could be the right kick you need to boost your cognitive abilities.

Word Search Puzzles: If you’re the type of person who would prefer to engage in these activities in solitude, why not consider a word search puzzle? Word search puzzles can be cognitively stimulating activity, as your job is to make sure that you find as many words presented to you, scattered in the form of a puzzle. This rewarding memory game feels like a treasure hunt, and you can explore the best ways to locate them.

As you may require a lot of concentration and read the details of what you are playing, your brain is guaranteed to keep those cognitive wheels in motion. If you would like to recommend a game that has helped you or a loved one enhance and perverse your memory, share your suggestions with us.

How Stress Can Affect Your Vision

When it comes to managing everyday tasks and unforeseeable mishaps, stress is inevitable. How can one manage their job, family life, self-development, everyday house chores and manage the bills one day a time, without carrying a weight on your shoulders? It can almost feel impossible at times, because we are human beings. Stress can affect your health, from inviting heart conditions, experiencing high blood pressure to bringing down your immune system. Did you also know that stress also plays a key role in vision problems?

Long-term anxiety can be driven by stress, which causes our vision problems throughout the day. The more anticipation that you feel, your stress levels increase. When this occurs, we become highly sensitized to any movement, as our eyes respond to the adrenaline. As a result, the following signs that your vision is undergoing the negative effects of stress begins:

  • You become more sensitive to light, welcoming eye strains and making it difficult to see clearly.
  • Your eyes start to twitch resulting in spasms.
  • You may experience either dry or very wet eyes.
  • Your vision suddenly becomes blurred, in addition to the headaches or migraines that are happening all at once.
  • You see eye floaters, which are the spots that float across your eyes.
  • The muscles on your face tighten up, constricting the blood vessels to your eyes and cause eye pain, blurred vision and aches.

Scary, isn’t it? When we are under pressure, we tend to forget about the negative connotations that come with reacting to stress. Whilst we may not be able to take off the load, we can give you tips on how we aim to tackle the anxiety and regaining our vision back as a result.

  • If you’re at work, take your lunch break to get some air. Walking will clear your mind and take you away from your emails, phone messages, workload or anything that is weighing you down. Furthermore, your eyes will be given a break from staring at the screen, or being exposed to bright light.
  • Although meditation may be a recommended activity, but you’d prefer not to, no worries! Instead, take 30-seconds to monitor your breathing. Slow it down. These 30 seconds may drop your blood pressure, and decrease the aches around your face and body.
  • Drink water. To relieve the head pain which may provoke your vision problems, water will keep you hydrated and treat fatigue.
  • Wear your pair of Eyejusters to help you focus better on your tasks, because a blurred vision can only increase the stress.

While it may be difficult to control every situation – what we can do is make the conscious effort to take care of our health. Hans Selye, the Canadian scientist who discovered the existence of stressors, said it himself, “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” Do you have any recommendations on how to slow down the pace of a stressful lifestyle? Let us know!

The Founding Fathers of Inventions

Here in the 21st century, the amount of technology available is incredible. Imagine a world without telephones, transportation nor electricity? With decades upon decades worth of discoveries, innovation and continuous development, we present a few of our most honorable inventors.

Alexander Graham Bell (1847 – 1922):

Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish-born inventor, teacher for the deaf and scientist mainly known for his most famous invention: the telephone. Education and his love for science built the foundation for what would lead him to remarkable discoveries in sound and technology. However, it was his compassionate nature that drove him to his invention. In working with children, including his former pupil Helen Keller, Bell’s hope was to eradicate deafness. Thus, his initial discovery for the telephone derived from his researching methods to transmit telegraph messages simultaneously – over a single wire.

Henry Ford (1863 – 1947):

Founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile, revolutionizing transportation by making cars affordable and practical. Before his invention, Ford went from engineer to Chief Engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company – whilst he spent much of his time, devoting his personal experiments on gasoline engines. By 1903, Ford and his acquaintance introduced the Ford Motor Company, after receiving funds from investors and establishing a partnership with the Dodge Brothers. Following the success of the company, the invention of the Model T was simple to drive, affordable and easy to repair, which brought in praise by the American industry.

The Wright Brothers (Orville 1871 – 1948, Wilbur 1867 – 1912):

It is evident that two is better than one, especially for brothers Orville and Wilbur who invented the first successful airplane. Despite not having received a diploma for throughout their academic career, their mechanical skills came from working with printing presses, bikes, motors and other types of machinery. Having worked with bikes had influenced their idea and belief that they could create a flying machine with similar mechanisms and practice. Their first powered airplane took flight in 1903, changing the course of transportation at such great heights.

Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931):

One of America’s greatest inventors, Thomas Edison, has literally brought light to our world. Edison holds 1,093 patents in his name globally for his inventions, namely producing the first commercial light bulb. The research for this product began in 1878, as he initially experimented with the testing of many different metal filaments and fabrication – to carbon-based, high resistance, filaments. Within the New Year, Edison discovered that carbonized Japanese bamboo filament could last over 1200 hours. Thus, after trial and error, the prolific inventor was finally able to manufacture the commercial use of lamps – marking an important aspect of international history.

Which one of these inventors’ lives sparked an interest in you the most? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to visit our website for our invention: Eyejusters… the revolutionary adjustable strength glasses that can be used for everything!

Signs You May Have Presbyopia

As eyecare specialists, our pair of Eyejusters can be used to support your visual needs – especially concerning presbyopia. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, presbyopia is an eye condition in which your eyes lose the ability to focus on nearby objects. How does this happen? When you start to age in your mid-forties, your eyesight no longer has the same strength. Here are warning signs to figure out if you may have presbyopia:

  • When you are reading or doing work that involves your eyes to focus carefully on the details, you start getting a headache or an eyestrain.
  • You may need brighter lightening to get a task done.
  • You have difficulties seeing small details or reading material, that you need to place your object at an arm’s distance to focus better.
  • You find yourself squinting at what you are observing, because your vision is getting blurred.
  • You start to feel fatigue from having to concentrate on what you are reading or needing to look at carefully.
  • You now have more than one pair of glasses for various activities, because your eyesight requires different strengths.

Can you relate to a few, if not all of these signs? Our pair of Eyejusters have been built to address these instances, and allow you to correct your vision with our eyeDials™. Each eyeDial™ can be adjusted independent according to what you need to focus on: reading a book, using your tablet or computer, checking messages on your phone or participating in hobbies such as model-making. Presbyopia can be managed with patience, understanding about your condition, and our product. For more information, we welcome you to check out our website.

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D-Eye-Y Favorites: Arts & Crafts Idea for the Autumn Season

Ghouls, goblins and pumpkins, oh my! To get into the spirit of colder weather, the change of scenery and Halloween, here are our favorite DIY ideas from our recommended and fantastic bloggers.

Gold Leaf Wreath – Making Homebase:

While we may still have time before we put up the tree or the menorah, there are still ways we can celebrate the autumn season in our very own homes. With a gold leaf wreath at your doorstep, you’re on your way to welcoming colder months after a warm holiday. You will need faux leaves, gold spray pain, wire hanger, hot glue gun and a ribbon for a nice touch, to create this glamorous decor.

Marbled Indigo Pumpkins – Alice and Lois:

Instead of carving into your pumpkins this year, why not give them an indigo treatment instead? Think Easter eggs, but with Halloween! Creating an indigo pumpkin requires a few simple supplies, such as indigo blue nail polish, a stir stick, plastic container and small-sized pumpkins. Through a step-by-step demonstration (see image below), you’ll be able to create a groovy look for your household this autumn season.

Halloween Lantern Garland – So Much Better with Age:

Are you thinking about hosting a family get together soon, and would like to give your children or grandchildren a treat? Consider these adorable lantern-inspired gift bags, decorated to the theme for a spooky evening. You will need a black gift bag, vellum, cutting board, an exacto knife, tape, black bettery-operative votive candles and twine. Imagine what sort of treats you could put in there!

Apple Pie Potpourri – Clean and Scentsible:

For those comfy weekends of wanting nothing but relaxation indoors, why not bring the outdoors to you? This delicious recipe will have your household smelling like an apple farm. The ingredients you need involves a small apple, 2 cup liquid of apple cider, apple juice or water, 1 tbsp. of whole cloves, 3-4 cinnamon sticks, 1 tbsp. of nutmeg and voila! Clean and Scentsible also introduces pumpkin spice potpourri for the pumpkin lovers out there.

Acorn and Leaf Napkin Rings – Designthusiasm:

To get into the season of giving, these acorn and leaf napkin rings are sure to give a nice flair to your kitchenware. With only four supplies needed, you can compile an autumn vibe to the dinner table. Put together basic silver napkin rings, burlap leaves (with covered wired ends), red acorn bits (also with covered wired ends) and a napkin. Leave this job to the last part of your set-up, for once completed, the feast may begin.

We hope that these DIY recommendations will keep you festive throughout the season. Better yet, to pay attention to the fine details, consider using a pair of our stylish Eyejusters to help you. Do you have any other ideas you would like to share – let us know!

Timeless Art Pieces for the Eyes

Let’s go back in time, seeing bits of the world through art. With exquisite talent, technique and creative direction, the world has come to adore these art pieces and the masterminds behind them. To join us on this historical journey, we recommend you put on your pair of Eyejusters, enabling you to focus on every little detail better.

The School of Athens – Raphael (circa. 1501-1511): During the Italian Renaissance, the famous painter Raphael put-forth a miraculous fresco to decorate the Stanze di Raffaelo, a room located in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. Raphael’s goal was to embody the classical spirit of the Renaissance combined with philosophical representation and creativity. The School of Athens is one of the main frescoes within the palace, to demonstrate branches of knowledge. Each figure in the painting have inspired Raphael on the topic of philosophy, including the likes of Plato, Aristotle, Athena and Socrates. The characters are meant to discuss and gesture the importance of knowledge through thought-provoking debate and inspiration.

Bedroom in Arles – Vincent van Gogh (1888): Following the tragic story of cutting off his ear, Vincent van Gogh found himself at the Old Hospital in Arles to improve his mental health. This iconic painting had initially been sent off in a letter to his brother Theo to inform him of a recent flooding in his room. In a heartfelt message, he described what he saw – from the walls of pale violet to the lilac doors. Three in oil and two in the form of sketches, a total of five versions of his design had evolved from this unique perspective – pinpointing the fine details of each décor, fabric and element which made his stay, if not comfortable, lonely.

A Sunday of La Grande Jatte – Georges Seurat (1884): What is portrayed as a quiet and beautiful scenery by the River Seine, is comprised of over a million tiny dots, and a painter’s wish to revolutionize the art world. The famous Parisian artist Georges Seurat introduced pointillism, a systematic and scientific technique, using small and distinct dots of colours and light to form an image. The characters in each photo demonstrate a sense of serenity and enjoyment over the simple pleasures in life. However, the foundation Seurat’s creative ability welcomes rebellion, as he joins the art movement of critic Félix Fénéon’s Neo-Impressionism – an era for painters to introduce their own styles.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa – Katsushika Hokusai (circa. 1829-1833): In the 19th century, during the late Edo period, a moment of economic growth, enjoyment of the arts and strict social order puts the Japan under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate. The rise of this political movement, harnessed in the works of recognizable Japanese art pieces – including the works of Katsushika Hokusai. The Great Wave off Kanagawa is a woodblock print, depicting a large rogue wave near Mount Fuji, subtly placed in the distance. The wave is meant to provide various perspectives to the viewer’s eye, interpreting the fate of the boat stranded beneath the waters.

The Persistence of Memory – Salvador Dali (1931): Etched through the fine details of this surrealist painting, welcomes Salvador Dali’s relationship with time and the subconscious. His theory of “softness” and “hardness” in time addresses this perception, whilst emulating his home region in Catalonia, Spain. In the middle of the painting lies a human-like figure, only to represent himself fading into a dreamy state through time and space. The dream-like state was derived from his interest in Sigmund Freud’s theories about the subconscious and how dreams reveal your deepest desires. Dali created self-induced hallucinations to understand his subconscious; which were thus translated into his art pieces.

Were you intrigued by any of the art pieces and learned new facts? We hope that our pair of Eyejusters provided you with a clearer, and possibly new perspective on each painting. Remember, as writer Jonathan Swift proclaimed, “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”

Tips & Tricks to Keep Your Eyejusters Clean

Here at Eyejusters, we understand the frustration of having to wear more than one pair of glassed to keep up with your everyday lifestyle. Even worse? Having to make sure that they are clean. When you purchase a pair of Eyejusters, you also receive a microfibre cloth and hard case to protect your spectacles. Now the question is… how do you maintain the cleanliness? A blurry vision leaves for unnecessary stress – and we would like to help you avoid that.

What causes the dirt may stem from the following ha­­­bits. The first one may be when you leave your glasses lying around, without protection. The glasses are susceptible to accumulating dust and dirt. Secondly, how you pick up your glasses after placing them back on must be done carefully. Getting your fingers on the lenses after touching various objects will inevitably create the smudge effect. Remember, what you touch could land on your glasses.

How do you clean your Eyejusters in case you get them dirty? Whatever you do, blowing hot air onto your glasses is not recommended. Additionally, when you notice a dirt or smudge, you should avoid rubbing them onto any items of clothing, toilet paper or kitchen roll.

Although it might be tempting, it will cause minor damages in the long term. Instead, if you choose to use any spray or cleanser, avoid using house cleaning products, because they may contain ammonia. Ammonia can tear off the coating on your lens.

The next step is to take out your microfiber cloth and finally dry your pair of Eyejusters. Ensure to hold onto the frames, rather than apply pressure onto the bridge when you clean them. You could potentially either snap the bridge, or bend them. Once that is completed, you are ready to optimize your vision with your adjustable lenses.

Why You Should Read Everyday

There is nothing more relaxing than spending a rainy afternoon with a good book. The simpler pleasures in life can only mean so much, especially when it comes to a new literary adventure. Did you know that apart from entertainment purposes, reading has its own health benefits? Here are our reasons as to why you should read everyday.

Slow down the process or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Nearly 44 million people are affected by dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s. Reading has the ability to prevent or slow down the process of this neurological disease. You could choose to read a book, magazine or even challenge yourself to a crossword puzzle, the more you stimulate your brain the better it is for you. With reading, you preserve brain health and enhance your memory through processing words and new information.

Exercise your creativity and boost your confidence. Whether you are enticed by a fantasy world or feeling nostalgic about a love once lost, books allow you to channel your creativity and soar into your imagination. Regardless of your age, you can experience adventures or situations, even for 15-minutes a day, to break out of your usual routine and feel excited about what happens next. When you read, you open your mind to a new world of thought-provoking topics, sentimental value and perhaps a side to you that you didn’t know existed.

Reduce your stress levels right before bed time. For the nights that have kept you up with the everyday stressors in life, reading can soothe your mind and help you sleep better. Instead of spending time on your laptop, or watching the television before bed, picking up a book will less likely fill your mind with too much commotion, calm down your brain and limit exposure to bright light. We also recommend a light-hearted book, to ensure a restful snooze.

What are you waiting for? Your mind can soar into the unknown as you dive into another world, time or place. Better yet, you can enhance your experience by using our pair of Eyejusters to help you see better in reading your new book.

Have any book recommendations? Let us know in the comments below!

Eyeglasses Through the Ages

Eyeglasses are one of the world’s most practical inventions stemming from the 13th century. Introduced in Italy, a pair of glasses initially came in the form of two crystal stones or framed glass, held up by a handle. Although the inventor of this product is unknown, monks and scholars primarily wore glasses to correct their vision. Italy had become the leading producer in their commercial efforts to push for innovation and expansion.

14th-century fresco by Italian artist Tomasso de Modena.

During the 15th century, Western Europe saw the potential in selling eyeglasses. Countries such as Belgium, France, Spain, Germany and England focused on developing the product, for it was discovered that the aging population truly benefited from wearing them. Furthermore, the possession of glasses demonstrated a sign that you were part of high society. Eyeglasses became a lucrative investment for manufacturers, as they increasingly became popular in demand.

The United States of America however welcomed the world’s first optic shop in the 18th century. Inventors, including Benjamin Franklin, continued to contribute to the innovation of the product ranging from the creation of bifocals, wig spectacles and scissor spectacles; all with the intention to correct one’s vision according to their needs.

By the 19th century, as all stories go, an item such as a pair of eyeglasses not only became a necessity, but also fashionable. The pince-nez, otherwise­­­­­ known as the most popular pair of spectacles in that era, may have been inexpensive – however were worn by the elite and the academic.  ­

Theodore Roosevelt wearing the pince-nez.

In today’s day and age, where eyeglasses are still as a necessity – you can purchase a pair at almost any price, style or for any use. With Eyejusters, you could combine style, innovation and practicality simply through wearing a pair. Not only have we been inspired by this invention, but also ensure to respect its initial goal; and that is to bring clarity to the world.

Eyejusters – the adjustable glasses.