A great way to keep your mind sharp and your brain healthy is with mentally stimulating games such as puzzles, board games, and cards.
There are studies that demonstrate that these ‘’brain games’’ are good mental stimuli and can help to promote brain health. This is especially true for older adults.
Games can also help stimulate our immune system as well as trigger the use of visualization, memory and sequencing skills. Many games involve socialization and verbal interaction, so while you focus on sharpening your cognitive skills you are also looking after your mental health.
This weekend why not try out at least 1 of our 7 brain games to enjoy alone or with your friends and family.
Probably one of the most mentally challenging games and is sure to keep you on your toes. Chess can help you:
- Deepen your focus
- Develop perspective
- Improve memory and so much more.
Word games like scrabble require creativity and the ability to recall words. It can help to improve your memory, keep your mind stimulated and engaged while also helping to reduce your blood pressure.
Solitaire is a solo playing game, but it can be good to get some alone time and relax. Playing solitaire teaches you to be patient and helps you develop your strategy-making skills.
This is an old favourite of mine, something that helped me to bond with my soon-to-be Mother-in-law. It’s easy to learn but does require your full attention. You will need to track what cards have been picked up and ones have been discarded.
It’s because of this that Gin Rummy helps sharpen your mind. It’s like exercise for the brain!
Brain teasers can be good fun. Pop the kettle on and have a laugh with the family. You can buy books or riddles or check out a few online. The winner gets a cream cake with their tea.
Brain teasers for me make me want to pull my hair out but at the same time, they are helping to improve concentration, stimulate creativity and improve memory skills.
Studies have shown that mahjong is a great game for keeping the mind sharp and it is highly recommended among the elderly. Mahjong needs cognitive skills and thus has the ability to slow the effects of dementia.
Bingo is a simple game that usually involves a lot of other people which is an added bonus as this can help boost our spirits, concentration, memory, and verbal skills all at the same time. Not to mention the fact that you win a few fun prizes at the end if you are lucky.