Brain Games and Activities
Regardless of your age, brain exercises are an excellent way to get your brain in tiptop shape. Do you want to think faster, be smarter, or improve your cognitive abilities?
Your brain is an organ of the body that needs to be exercised just like your muscles for optimal benefits, and exercises can be fun and effective at the same time.
Some of the most common exercises that seniors enjoy participating in include but are not limited to:
Figuring out where that odd-shaped puzzle piece goes, or wracking your brain over a particularly difficult crossword hint are excellent methods that people of all ages can utilize to increase their thinking speed, word recognition, and brain processing skills.
When was the last time you got out a coloring book and some crayons and just had some good old-fashioned fun coloring pages? Think about the last time you actually colored pictures. Was it when you taught your child or grandchild to color inside the lines? Don't you remember the smell of crayons or the joy in choosing a particular color for a certain portion of the coloring page? Who says that you can't do that anymore?
When was the last time you played a maze game, math games or figured out a word search puzzle?
Many seniors think that once they reach a certain age, games are for children. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Games, puzzles, artwork, hobbies, and learning new tasks are excellent brain fitness activities that people of all ages and cognitive abilities can participate in and enjoy. Individuals recovering from strokes may find that brain exercises help them recuperate faster.
The brain is a continuous growing organ. Whether you're 17 or 71 years old, the brain is fully capable of creating and developing new brain cells and neural pathways even after the brain has been injured or damaged by disease or trauma.
You may not restore every portion of the brain to its optimal levels, but the brain is an organ that learns how to adapt to changing circumstances. Brain exercises that encourage thought, reasoning, and interaction with others are the most beneficial activities that seniors can get involved in following a stroke or when battling dementia.
Unfortunately, many seniors believe they'll look foolish if they're caught playing games other than Bingo. Nevertheless, who says seniors can't have fun? It's time that seniors, their loved ones, family, friends and caregivers got over the stigma that playing games is foolish, embarrassing, or a waste of time.
The brain is fully capable of remaining active until the moment we die.
Don't let it go to waste. Remember the old saying, "use it or lose it." The brain exercises on a daily basis can help to maintain its optimal functioning capabilities.
Change your habits. Alter the way you do things on a daily basis. Even small changes force your brain into activity and help create new neural pathways of development. Find ways to incorporate games and brain exercises into your daily environment, and you'll more than likely be surprised by the results.