Winter can be a slow time for many. The weather is cold, and cabin fever starts to set in. Rather than get bored, get some board games! Board games are a great way to pass the time, but they can also help improve Alzheimer’s and dementia patients’ brain activity and memory. Take a look at some of these classic (and not-so-classic) board games that are perfect for seniors!

Scrabble - Scrabble is a classic game that requires clever word choices and spelling, and involves memory retrieval. This competitive game focuses on the details and smaller puzzles involved with the game, which requires the use of the left side of the brain.

Trivial Pursuit - This game has been around for years (meaning your elderly loved one has probably played it a time or two!). This is a great way to jog your client’s memory and strike up a few stories as well.

QwirkleTM - This fun game is all about distinguishing and matching colors and shapes, so it is beneficial at a cognitive level.

Games with a colorful playing surface and/or objects that can be handled (cards, dice) are the best tools for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, and they can also be fun for you, the caregiver!

Ask your client or loved one what their favorite board game was when they were younger. Playing this game can strike a few memories and bring back happy feelings about their youth! Even if your aging loved one isn’t able to play their favorite game anymore, they will still enjoy seeing and holding the game pieces.

So the next time you start to feel the cabin fever itch, grab a board game, puzzle or deck of cards and get playing!


What are some of your favorite board games, and how do they stimulate your brain?

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