Finding games for seniors with or without Alzheimer’s or other Dementia related memory loss can be challenging. The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada states that the brain is one of your most vital organs. It plays a role in every action and every thought, and just like the rest of your body, it needs to be looked after. Making healthy lifestyle choices like eating well, being active, and staying social, will help keep your brain as healthy as possible as you age.
Keeping the brain active with games that promote logic, memory, and problem solving allows those you care for, and yourself, the opportunity to exercise this vital organ. From Jigsaw puzzles to word searches, crosswords or even Sudoku can stimulate areas of the brain responsible for memory. Puzzles also promote relaxation, helping to reduce anxiety or stress.
Without causing any undue stress or anxiety, asking questions that target memory and attention can benefit those we care for who may be suffering from a form of memory loss.
Name two objects for every letter in your first name.
Say the months of the year in alphabetical order.
Name six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning with “s”
Card matching games are a great way to increase memory skills at any age. Played alone or with others to promote socialization, all you need is a pack of cards and a table. The cards are laid face down and when a player takes their turn, they flip over two cards together. If the cards match, they keep the pair and continue looking for more matches.
Keeping the mind active is essential as we age. There are many ways to achieve this including the games listed above or online memory game options. A recent study found that elderly people who spent five to six weeks consistently completing brain exercises such as memory tasks and number puzzles, experienced improvements to their mental health in areas of memory, reasoning, and information processing. The effects of these exercises lasted at least five years.
So stay active, challenge your mind, and go play!