It is never too late to help your loved one work on their cognitive health and therefore improve their brain function. While it is true that age plays a major role in the decline of cognitive abilities and memory, studies show that there are effective ways to work on enhancing these capabilities. If you are searching for opportunities to help your loved ones focus on this aspect of their health, this article is for you. Read on to learn more about the best brain-stimulating games to try!
Puzzles help older adults to stimulate their brain function and stretch their mental muscles. Completing a puzzle can help older adults look for patterns, practice their problem-solving functions, and pay better attention to details. There is a wide range of options from traditional jigsaw puzzles to word searches, crossword puzzles, and memory games.
Trivia games are particularly helpful for older adults who want to practice their recall skills and engage with friends or family. Games of trivia will serve to encourage seniors to think back and recall past facts or events they have learned in the past. You can play a general trivia game, or try one that covers specific categories like movies, TV shows, music, pop culture, religion, or certain periods in time.
Sudoku is a game that is related to number patterns and comes in a range of difficulty levels. Sudoku can be found on a handheld digital device or in print form.
Card and Board Games
Many games that are played with a deck of cards give older adults the opportunity to stimulate their brains in an engaging way. You could also play strategic games like checkers or chess, which require players to use their analytical skills to decide their next move, anticipate the opponents’ moves and come up with a good strategy.
Computer and Mobile Applications
Today, there is an endless array of cognitive applications that can be used on a tablet, mobile phone, or personal computer. You can look out for options that let you choose and adjust the level of difficulty and make use of specific cognitive capabilities, like language, attention, reasoning, and memory.
Crafts and Hobbies
People who spend time on meaningful hobbies and activities say they feel healthier and happier. Learning new skills may help to improve thinking ability too. One study found that older adults who learned digital photography or quilting had greater memory improvement than those who did activities that were less cognitively demanding or only socialized.
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