Brain Teaser Games Provide Benefits – But Use Caution when Selecting

by Gail
(Richmond, VA)

Brain Teaser Games

Brain Teaser Games

Brain teaser games are often mentioned as an excellent brain training exercise, for adults and seniors. However, a word of caution here.


Brain teasers, while fully capable of stimulating focus, memory, attention, and reasoning skills, can also be overwhelming for seniors with cognitive, reasoning, or rational thinking skills that have decreased for whatever reason.

That being said, brain teasers, or brain training games run the gamut from memory games or other types of brain games that can improve memory, enhance focus and attention, and improve reasoning and thinking skills.

For example, multiple-choice questions based on old television or radio shows, musicians, bands, or even global events are options for brain teaser games that provide seniors of varying cognitive levels opportunities to work on memory enhancing skills and have fun at the same time.

Trivia games, quizzes, and math or word puzzles are some of the best when it comes to brain teasers, but always make sure that the difficulty level or challenge is catered to specific individuals.

The last thing you want is to make mom or dad or an elderly loved one feel uncomfortable because they are unable to process the question, let alone the answer.

The brain, like any other part in a human body, needs exercise for optimal performance. You know the saying, "use it or lose it" and this is especially true as we get older, develop habits or ways of doing things, or get so comfortable with the status quo that we don't realize that we’re slowing down.

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Brain Teaser Games - Anagrams
by: Marie

For some reason, my mom seems to prefer anagrams which completely took me by surprise. I thought they would be way too difficult for her.

I buy those variety puzzle books at this grocery store in town, and she picks her way through them.

If they're too hard, she leaves them, but most of the time, she at least gives it a try.

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Brain Teaser Games - Trivia with My Grandfather
by: Ellen

I like to play trivia with my grandfather. I choose subjects that were popular for his generation, such as sports figures, world events, and movies.

By catering the topics to his level of familiarity, I’m less likely to meet resistance.

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