Brain Games Puzzles Stimulate the Mind

by Grace
(San Francisco, CA)

They say that the brain needs to be exercised just like any other part of the body for optimum health and wellness, and it's true.

When I talked to my mom's doctor about her increasing forgetfulness, he told me that puzzles and brain training games are an excellent way to keep nerves in the brain active and firing on all cylinders, so to speak.

Any kind of games for the brain can be effective and includes mazes, crossword puzzles or jigsaw puzzle games, and just about any kind of keyboarding games that you can find on or off the computer.

I happen to like to play hidden object games on the computer, and I found that when I had my mom sit next to me and told her to help me find an object that I just couldn't, I saw how engrossed she got in searching.

Then we tried a few free learning games and other free games online for like Bingo, Sudoku, and Match-3 type games, and I was surprised to find how much enjoyment my mom got out of it. They were fun, got her engaged, and you don't even tend to think of them as exercise.

When the doctor told me about how beneficial games were to brain activity, I did a little more research and found out that you're never too old to develop new brain cell growth.

Contrary to popular opinion, your brain cells don't just melt away and disappear as you get older. The more you do and the more active you are, the more new brain cell growth you can develop. That goes for developing new pathways in the brain, too.

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Game for the Brain
by: Anonymous

Good ideas. In addition to developing new hobbies, board games, computer games, card games or really any game for the brain that can keep seniors involved, focused, and always thinking!

Brain Games for Dad
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the ideas. I've been trying to figure out how to get my dad engaged in more "frivolous" activities as he calls it, but if I tell him that these seemingly innocuous games can improve his mental acuity, I think he'll go for it. Thanks!

Free Online Games for Aunt to Play
by: Rhonda

I discovered the same with my elderly aunt. She likes to play games like Mahjongg, Hearts, and Spades.

Last year, we bought her a laptop and loaded on these type of games for her, as well as tagged free games online on the internet and she spends an hour every evening before she goes to bed "relaxing" with these games. I've noticed that her focus and attention has increased.

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