With aging comes a natural decline in cognitive ability. Aged adults should keep their minds active by engaging in brain games that help stimulate the brain and sharpen their memory, reasoning, thinking, and processing skills. Although most forms of dementia cannot be reversed, brain games can slow down cognitive decline and help our loved ones stay sharp and engaged for a longer period of time. Here are some options.
Puzzles are among the most popular brain games for aged adults. Scientific research has shown that solving puzzles can be beneficial to both mental health and relaxation. Furthermore, puzzles can be easily incorporated into one’s regular routine and can be enjoyable played alone or with company. There are all kinds of interesting puzzles to try, including jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and Sudoku. Puzzles can also serve as a relaxing hobby for those dealing with mental health difficulties like depression.
Trivia is a fun way to stimulate the minds of aged adults while also providing a good laugh. Given the endless trivia topics available online, all you need to do is choose one and decide and whether the quiz will be tackled individually or in groups. Add some friendly competition by forming teams and giving out small prizes.
Bingo is a classic among the aged adult community because it promotes social connection and interaction. It is often played in care communities, but can also also be enjoyed at home. Not only is bingo a fun and entertaining game for aged adults, but it also boasts health benefits by stimulating the following senses:
- Sight: Searching for specific numbers on the bingo card
- Hearing: Listening to the numbers being called out
- Touch: Using a marker to dab out numbers
Its social nature brings about the added benefit of preventing isolation and loneliness, which contributes to overall wellbeing.
Chess is a game all about creativity and strategy that helps aged chess players improve their logical thinking and problem-solving skills. Your aged loved one may be concerned about playing chess given the initial complexity of the game, but once they get the hang of it, they will see advantages such as enhanced IQ and better focus within a short span of time. Chess can be played on the computer, but it is best played with a friend for added socialization.
Card games like Solitaire, Snap, and Go Fish keep aged adults’ minds alert. They are adaptable and have several versions that even those with dementia might enjoy playing in a social setting—a deck of cards is all you need. Card games are supposed to help those with memory loss by improving their memory and thinking skills.
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