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Old 03-01-2013, 06:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tom , Concord, NC Helicopters as medical treatment

Yeah, I figured a way to use RC helos as a treatment, of sorts.
I have been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's and have been looking for ways to exercise my brain to help ward off the progression of this disease. I started playing guitar again after a 35 year layoff and while that is helping I was looking for something more hand-to-eye intensive. I flew fixed wing RC for along time and got quite good at it. I can;t drive anymore so I needed something to fly in my yard and helos just seemed right.
Now I am supposed to take delivery of my Blade 300 X today and am flying my mSR X and 120 SR to death int he garage and learning as fast as I can. Will it help with the Alzheimer's, I dunno. I hope so but I am having a ball int he mean time and not thinking about the disease as much.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Tom , Concord, NC Helicopters as medical treatment

Great thinking. I came to the hobby hoping for a boost in reflexes, or at least an opportunity to slow down the decline. Sorry about the diagnosis. Sucks. But good attitude about trying new stuff. Here's to you.
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Alzheimer's is in my family too. Sometimes I wonder if I'm losing my memory these days, heh.

I can recommend Tetris. I play it all the time on my phone or when I can't fly or tinker with my helicopters.

If you don't have a simulator you should get one. I use Phoenix and it's great not just because you can practice flying but you can instantly jump into a session with other people and learn from them and see their control movements.

Sometimes you can even meet people in your area or chat a bit. I'm from Graham and I met a guy by chance while on Phoenix and he introduced me to the Burlington Alamance Radio Kontrol Society(BARKS). I haven't joined yet but I plan on applying this spring so I can have access to their fields for the summer.

Take it easy on the cyclic and just practice hovering tail-in for a while. Learn the different ways of getting rid of vibrations and balancing your helicopter.

I hope your 300 does fine and I hope you do fine too.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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welcome to Helifreak and I really Hope flying helicopters helps you. I noticed a difference in the way I think after I started flying. used to I could not listen and type at the same time But I am now able too after flying these things after three months.

I hope it gets your brain moving so Fast you get to leave aizhymer's behind.

Good luck and see you on the forum.
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