4 Games That Will Make Your Brain Stronger

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As you age, you may start to notice a few wrinkles near the corners of your eyes or that aching feeling when you get up off the couch—all very normal signs of getting older! But have you ever thought about what happens to your brain as you age? Medical News Today reports that our brains are weighing in at around three pounds! Imagine all the amazing engineering feats this powerhouse organ has overcome in your lifetime!

Even though the brain continues to develop through your late 40s, according to the Dent Neurologic Institute the brain will begin to shrink around mid-life. This may lead to shifts in normal age-related memory changes, ranging from difficulty learning something new to forgetting appointments. In some cases, this may lead to the early signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Check our blog post about the 5 early warning signs of Alzheimer’s to learn more.

Don’t panic! There are ways to keep your brain spry and we’ve put together some great ways to stimulate your brain and keep it on its toes as it ages.

Sudoku. This is a great game to help with short-term memory. What’s even better is you can access this game by downloading the app, grabbing the newspaper, or purchasing
a book
with a whole collection of sudoku puzzles!

Braingle. This free website offers over 15,000 brain teasers riddles, logic problems, and mind puzzles. They pride themselves on having the largest collection anywhere on the internet! Our favorites are their photo identification quiz and the strategy games.

Chess. With this game being around for almost 500 years you can’t go wrong! Chess helps with concentration, problem-solving, and can even enhance IQ level. Play online or purchase a set.  Don’t know how to play chess? We found this how-to chess

Eidetic. A favorite of Alzheimers.net, the Eidetic app uses the science of repetition to help you learn new pieces of information and help it stick. They refer to the technique as “spaced repetition” and it does wonders for learning all sorts of interesting facts and words.

Read more about brain health and learn about other ways to keep your brain fit and strong as you age.

The Caregivers at MetroCare of Springfield’s Group Adult Foster Care and Adult Foster Care programs are trained to ensure Members are provided with stimulating activities that coincide with their daily routines to ensure they are staying active and healthy. Learn more about MetroCare of Springfield’s programs.

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