Brain Training Games for Seniors Enhance Focus
Brain Training Games
In working with the elderly, and especially those diagnosed with any form of dementia, I've learned that keeping the brain active is the best way to maintain spasticity, focus, and attention.
I'm not talking about over-stimulating the brain, which can be overwhelming for some seniors, but engaging in fun activities that kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.
I found that brain training games for seniors can not only be effective in enhancing and maintaining brain function, but can also provide loads of fun for Mom or Dad. When choosing brain games for an elderly loved one, take the time to determine their cognitive abilities and their likes or dislikes.
It won't do any good to get Mom to play poker if she's always disliked poker. At the same time, varying stages of dementia do produce limitations on the brain, so always cater activities to meet the current cognitive and reasoning abilities of your loved one.
Brain games are only limited by the imagination.
Playing the "Alphabet game" to playing Yahtzee, Bingo, board games, or free online games are all ideas that I have enjoyed with my own aging parents. Sometimes the whole family sits in, which is great for social interaction and bridging generation gaps between my aging parents and the grandchildren.
Even the simplest brain teaser games can stimulate and activate memory, reasoning skills, focus, and processing functions. Don't be afraid to experiment, and find which type of brain training games or any form of "brain exercises" work best for your loved ones.