Research has shown that during a person's lifetime, areas of their brain can continue to grow and change as they age. Along with physical activity, proper sleep and relaxation, good nutrition, and social interaction, participating in learning activities, or "brain games", provides a wonderful way to continue to improve one's brain health. Here are 3 reasons why brain games are beneficial for older adults:
1. Brain games can help stave off cognitive decline. While they won't prevent it from happening, regular participation in learning activities and puzzles can help slow it down. Board games, card games, word and number puzzles, and even jigsaw puzzles are more than just tools to pass the time; they require the participant to use strategic thinking and creativity to solve them. It's also fun to make up games, like scavenger hunts and family trivia tournaments. For older adults, this can be a great way to interact with friends and family, and to connect with new acquaintances.
2. Brain games can help enhance short-term memory and performance on attention and reasoning tests. By engaging the mind in certain ways, games and puzzles can help improve visual-spatial reasoning and provide feelings of accomplishment and well-being. For older adults, they can also help lessen feelings of depression and loneliness, and can offer opportunities for social inclusion.
3. Participating in brain games offers participants a lifelong source of entertainment. Puzzles and games can be enjoyed alone or with others, and the options are nearly endless. Apps for tablets and smartphones can be downloaded and enjoyed on a favorite device. Even activities like pursuing additional education, enjoying cultural activities, and discussing ideas with others engage the brain.
Participating in a wide variety of activities, both physical and mental, is very important for the health and longevity of older adults. For more information about the benefits of brain games, please contact:
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