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  • Game On! Senior Brain Training Gets Fun.

    If you are healthy and younger than 65, stimulating your brain with activities and games can keep your mind sharp later in life (unless you develop a dementia-related disease or have a stroke or a head injury). If you currently have some form of dementia, brain games and “active mind” activity can still help.

    There are plenty of online games and apps available to play on the computer, your cell phone, or tablet. Some are free and some require a one-time or monthly fee. Don’t forget the benefits of playing simple board games, such as checkers, chess, matching games, or a jigsaw puzzle. Other puzzle games, such as Sudoku and crossword puzzles, are challenging, as well, and are often found in your local newspaper.

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    AARP recommends utilizing the Staying Sharp system. Besides offering games and interactive software, it also provides brain-healthy recipes, articles about the latest brain research, and a list of activities that will help keep your brain and body active.


    The creators of Luminosity say that their games are backed by scientific research. Interacting with the activities on this app is said to improve cognition, math, and language skills. Whether you focus on memory-improving activities or verbal fluency, you can track your progress using the app. Luminosity is not only for senior citizens. Younger users have also reported success from using this app.


    It’s not a surprise that some people’s brains age differently than others. While your 85-year-old mother may still be as sharp as a tack, your 45-year-old brother may be struggling with memory loss. Brain Age is a set of games that can be utilized at any age. The makers of this system report that you can improve your memory and cognitive ability in only minutes a day. Much like the other apps on this list, Brain Age allows you to track your progress over time. Lower your brain age, regardless of how old your driver’s license says you are.


    Do you need to improve your problem-solving ability? Try using Peak. This free app offers over 40 enjoyable games that will not only enhance your memory but also claims to increase your mental agility. Reviewers enjoy Peak but become frustrated by the constant suggestions to upgrade to the paid site. If you are looking for an app to utilize for a few moments each day, the free one would be enough for you.


    The My Brain Trainer website looks somewhat dated, but it claims to be the best virtual mental gymnasium. While the site allows you to try one of the games for free, you must purchase a subscription for three-months or a year. The Brain Trainer website says that using the system will improve your IQ and reduce anxiety. Whether or not these brain training apps actually improve the cognitive skills of your aging senior family member, they may at least provide cheap entertainment for the one you love.

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