Should I Try Multiplication Games for My Elderly Mother?
Brain games and brain exercises are great for stimulating cognition, focus, and reasoning skills, but it's always important to remember to cater "brain games" to the cognitive abilities of your loved one.
My dad has always been a whiz in math, but since he was diagnosed with dementia, his rational and reasoning skills have gradually decreased.
In an effort to help him maintain focus and try to head off further decline, I did some research on multiplication games.
Actually, there are a variety of multiplication games that you can find on websites on the Internet. Most of them are catered to children, which is just fine when using them for seniors who either wish to maintain their math skills or improve them, as in my father's case.
At first my father balked at playing games designed for children, but what's the difference, really? I sat him down at my computer and I played some first.
Before I knew it, he was also getting involved and having fun. One specific site called multiplication.com has multiplication games ranging from first grade to high school and advanced levels.
They even have algebra, geometry, and precalculus! Needless to say, my dad was surprised, but pleased, and now accesses these games on a nearly daily basis on his own computer.
He's willing to do anything that will help him maintain his cognitive abilities, and multiplication games can be effective in doing just that.