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The benefits of brain games for seniors can be monumental to their cognitive abilities. Not only are they fun ways to keep the mind active and healthy, but they also provide a fun opportunity to socialize with others. At Spring Hills, we have seen the benefits of brain games on residents’ thinking and memory. For this reason, we incorporate many brain games in our assisted living and memory care services.
Like any muscle, the brain deteriorates if unused, especially as we age. Brain cells need stimulation to maintain optimum performance, and mentally stimulating games are an excellent way to work them. “Brain games” are activities that challenge the mind and make the player think. Some of them require forming a strategy or plan, and/or remembering information, while others require quick reflexes.
By making your brain solve problems, categorize information, or make quick decisions, players are stimulating and working their brains, increasing concentration and comprehension, improving memory and reaction time, and having fun. Studies have shown that the positive impact on cognition from playing brain games is significant, even if the brain games themselves appear simple or easy.
Virtually any game or activity that requires thought could be considered a “brain game”, but we have found the following to be very popular with our seniors:
At Spring Hills, our memory care program is administered by highly experienced caregivers that use holistic care methods. Along with sensory stimulation exercises and other therapies, brain games are often used to improve memory and cognition. Often, our caregivers will even join in on these games!