As people get older, it is more important than ever that they keep their minds as sharp as possible. Because many seniors no longer work, a great deal of the mental stimulation that used to be a part of their daily lives no longer exists.
As a result, some older people start developing a loss of cognitive function. Games are a great way for seniors to stay mentally sharp and have some fun at the same time. Let’s look at 5 great cognitive games for seniors to help keep their minds stimulated.
Sudoku has been wildly popular for more than a decade. The game is a numbers based puzzle, which helps seniors with their logical thinking skills. In addition, Sudoku helps older people use a part of the brain that is not normally utilized in daily life.
There are multiple ways that seniors can play Sudoku, including printed books or online. There are also many websites devoted to the puzzle, where users can interact with each other.
Playing games that involve trivia knowledge is a great way to keep seniors’ mind active and sharp. The great part about these games is that there is a wide variety of options to choose from on virtually any topic.
Another great benefit is that they can be played alone or with a group of people. No matter how many people are involved, trivia games are fun and very mentally stimulating.
Crossword puzzles have been around for decades, and they are a great way to help seniors stay mentally active. The process of thinking about words and hints, and how they go together in a puzzle is great fun for many people.
Even if a senior can’t finish a crossword puzzle, the exercise of working on it is enough to sufficiently stimulate the brain. There are many levels of puzzles too, from simplistic to quite difficult.
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Learning a New Language
When it comes to mentally stimulating activities, learning a language is at the top of the list. Whether a person wants to learn to speak it or go all the way by also studying how to read and write, there is no limit to what they can accomplish. There are a variety of ways to learn a new language today, including books, apps and online.
This classic game never goes out of style. Not only is it fun to play, but Bingo also encourages social interaction and helps prevent isolation and loneliness.
Bingo games are regularly held at local Churches, VFW Posts and even dedicated Bingo Halls. The game is also a great way to stimulate a senior’s hearing, vision and sense of touch.
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It is critically important that seniors receive the kind of mental stimulation that will help keep their minds as sharp as possible. The staff at Frontier has helped many families find the right senior living community for their loved ones. Our exclusive SPARK™ program is specifically designed to provide seniors with activities that are mentally stimulating and fun while they make new friends along the way.
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