Studies show cognitive exercise is proven to fight degeneration and possibly even reverse effects of aging, such as memory loss. The brain is like every other muscle in your body— it needs to be worked out to get in shape and grow stronger. Unlike other muscles in your body, however, you don’t have to hit the gym or hop on a bicycle to get a good workout. Here are four easy brain games you can try with your senior disabled loved one.
This first brain game is easier than Tic-Tac-Toe! Pull up a comfortable chair next to your senior loved one, pour a cup of coffee, and talk to them about their past. Recalling events from the past can improve the memory of older adults. Luckily, this activity doesn’t have to take place at any particular time of the day.
Make it a part of your routine to ask your senior family member about their life. Encourage your children, friends, and other family members to do the same. Not only can this improve cognitive function in disabled senior loved ones, but it can also improve emotional health.
Board games and puzzles require players to use reasoning and logic. Challenging your senior loved one to a board game can engage them and help them quietly strengthen their brain.
Different board games will offer different benefits, so just like it’s important to switch up your gym routine every now and then, remember to try out new games often. Brain games that involve the entire family are also a great way for your senior loved one to develop stronger relationships with family members.
You don’t have to break a sweat with these brain games. Try tapping your right hand on the table, at the same time, make a circle with your left hand. Then, try the motions with the opposite hands.
In the morning, encourage your senior loved one to brush their teeth with the opposite hand than they usually do. Then later in the day, have your senior loved one write a letter to a friend using their non-dominant hand. These switch-ups can help improve fine motor skills while also stimulating the brain.
The AARP has recognized the importance of brain games in cognitive function. They offer many online brain games to help get brains in shape. There are also tons of apps available to download on your phone or tablet that your senior loved one can try out.
At Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers, we keep your senior loved one’s brain stimulated all day with tons of activities and games. Contact us to get started today.