Brain Games for Seniors Provide Numerous Benefits
Brain Games for Seniors
You probably hear a lot about "brain games" or the benefit of training the brain as we grow older. I work with a lot of older people on a daily basis, and I see firsthand how brain stimulation and activity improves not only mood, but memory, focus, and attention spans, among other benefits.
The brain needs stimulation. When your brain is trying to figure out a math problem, a word puzzle, or a strategy, picture the neural cells bouncing from here to there, the neural pathways lighting up while thinking processes are ongoing, and those brain synapses firing on all cylinders. Like a finely-tuned car, your brain requires care and attention.
Think of your brain cells as the spark plugs in your car. If you allow those spark plugs to get gunky, old, or rusty, your car will start backfiring, take longer to start, and eventually, won't turn the engine over.
Brain games can include anything fun that can stimulate brain activity and enhances the development of new brain cell growth and development.
Brain games are especially important for seniors who have experienced any type of brain damage caused by stroke, cardiovascular issues, or varying stages of any type of dementia.
Some of the most popular "brain games" for seniors include crossword puzzles, math games, memory games, and those that require hand-eye coordination such as Bingo. Brain games don't have to be complicated or difficult to provide benefits.
Encourage your elderly loved ones to exercise their brain on a daily basis, which will help maintain function, reasoning and functional skills as well as memory and focus.