Our memory declining is, unfortunately, a natural part of aging. However, there are lots of activities seniors can participate in to slow down the process as much as possible. Stimulating brain games are one of those options, and they’re fun too! In this article, we’ll go over some of the top games that exercise your brain, with traditional and online options.
- Word games are great for exercising your brain, and they can also improve your vocabulary. You can use traditional options like Scrabble (they make large letter versions too), or you can play word games on a phone or tablet. If you’re not so sure about a tablet, think again. SCOA offers a Claris Tablet Companion program, and the Claris Tablet was designed with seniors in mind!
- Card games are a great way to help your brain notice patterns, and they really work your memory. If you play cards with friends, it can also be a great way to spend time together with loved ones. If you don’t have anyone to play with, solitaire on a computer or tablet (or the traditional way) is a great way to still play, even if you’re by yourself.
- Checkers is a classic for a reason, and it offers a fairly simple game that works on simple hand-eye coordination and process of logic rather than a complicated strategy. You can also find this game in larger sizes, which may be helpful if you struggle with arthritis or vision issues.
- Chess is another classic, but it is more strategic, and challenges the brain a little more. You can play with a friend or family member, but you can also play online with other players as well.
- Crossword puzzles is great workout for your brain and challenges your memory. Doing crossword puzzles regularly can help your focus, executive functioning, and working memory. This is also another option you can do either traditional (pen and paper) or online using a computer, phone, or tablet.
- Sudoku helps you keep your mind sharp by making you use your logical and critical thinking skills. It also uses parts of your brain you don’t use on a regular basis, which really helps to keep your mind active. Much like crossword puzzles, you can find sudoku books or an online version.
- Puzzles and puzzle type games (think Candy Crush) help you to make and reinforce connections between your brain cells. It also helps with pattern recognition and can improve your mental speed. They can boost short term memory, and the dopamine (or pleasure chemical) released from solving puzzles and puzzle games can help your mood, memory, and concentration.
If you are interested in our Claris Tablet Companion Program, the tablet designed with seniors in mind, for games, video calling, photos, messages, and more, contact us today at 800-282-6612.