Exercise Your Mind:Creative Puzzles and Games For Adults

Last updated on August 17, 2022

Brain teasers & memory games for adults

Seniors need stimulating and engaging indoor activities to ensure they stay mentally sharp. 

Having a sharp brain and a good memory is crucial for remembering and applying all we learn throughout our lives. But as we age, we might experience unfortunate situations in which we find ourselves struggling to remember something. Many get scared because they think it is a symptom of Alzheimer‘s.

According to Living Maples "Believe it or not, you can train your mind to be more active. You can do it even more unbelievably simply by playing games. The goal of some games is to keep seniors entertained while improving their minds".

To help them optimize their home environment, here are three ideas:

Board Games: Board games offer seniors a fun way to stay engaged and entertained. Not only do they foster social interaction with family or friends, but they also help improve memory, reflexes, and hand-eye coordination--all of which can be especially important for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Plus, playing board games helps exercise both sides of the brain!

Cards: Playing cards is another great option for seniors wanting to keep their minds active. Whether it’s over dinner or during some quiet time afterward (depending on the individual's physical abilities), this activity helps develop fine motor skills that could otherwise be diminished due to age-related ailments like Parkinson's disease or arthritis.

Puzzles are an excellent way for seniors to keep their minds sharp. There is a wide range of puzzles available, including jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and more. It's important to choose the right kind of puzzle that will be challenging but not too difficult so as to not cause frustration.

What Are the Best Fun Brain Games for Seniors?

For staying sharp, you should know which games to play. There are mainly two kinds of games: games for seniors to entertain themselves and games designed to help them train their brains and improve their memory

Solving puzzles is not just great fun, it can also be very good for you. It is called a brain teaser for adults.

memory games for seniors

Here are just 7 proven benefits of puzzle-solving:

1. Improved Memory. Puzzle-solving reinforces connections between brain cells, and indeed encourages the generation of new connections. This increases the speed at which you process thought.

2. Improved Visual-Spatial Reasoning. The ability to think in terms of pictures, rather than words, is an important skill and helps with many everyday tasks such as driving a car or packing items away for transportation or storage.

3. Increased IQ. Solving puzzles not only improves your memory and reasoning abilities but also results in an increased IQ. Indeed, one study by a researcher from the University of Michigan found that spending less than thirty minutes a day solving puzzles increased IQ by four points.

4. Lowers Stress Levels. Although it may sound strange the brain changes from its normal “beta” (wakeful) state to an “alpha” (dream) state when we are solving puzzles. This results in several benefits including an improved mood and a lower level of stress.

5. Increased Educational Opportunities. You are never too old to learn and puzzle-solving can help us to learn or develop a range of skills in areas such as language, mathematics, and research.

6. Increased productivity. As stress levels drop and mood improves, we find it easier to concentrate and this, in turn, means that our productivity levels rise significantly. Many businesses recognize this fact and now provide employees with puzzles in their break rooms.

Dementia - Puzzles

7. Delay the onset of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. It is vitally important that we keep our minds active throughout life and this is especially important in old age, where it is all too easy to let this slip. Puzzle-solving can be an important tool in fighting dementia and Alzheimer's.

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