Memory games are exercise for the brain. Just as physical exercise keeps the body in shape, mental exercise keeps the brain in shape! Doing memory exercises can help seniors with both short and long term recall. One of the most effective brain exercises is the crossword puzzle, however, you cannot just do crossword puzzles alone to achieve brain fitness. The brain needs a variety of challenging mental material to improve memory. Some other types of games to use are:

Sudoku - The American Health Assistance Foundation's (AHAF) Alzheimer's Disease Research program recommends playing Sudoku to exercise the brain and help memory and cognitive functioning. Sudoku is similar to a crossword puzzle, but numbers are used instead of words. Sudoku puzzles can be found in the newspaper, online or in many puzzle books.

Card Games - Playing card games regularly such as Poker, Solitaire, Hearts, Rummy and Go Fish exercises the brain and may delay memory loss associated with aging and dementia along with helping to maintain brain vitality, according to the American Academy of Neurology.

Chess - Chess is a strategy game that can boost memory and cognitive ability. Any game that involves strategy will exercise the brain. The brain needs daily workouts in order to stay fit, according to the University of Michigan.

Senior Helpers has great resources for a variety of memory games. Our caregivers are trained to use things like memory games to help both dementia and non-dementia clients in maintaining their mental fitness and recall. If you would like to learn more about dependable in-home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional senior care at home or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-461-5892!   The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran.   In-home senior care and in-home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, and surrounding areas. Visit www.seniorhelpers.com/sanluisobispo for more information.

Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/105984-memory-exercises-seniors/




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