Brain Games to Keep the Mind Young
Staying young shouldn’t be more about the physical age of an individual than the person’s physical youth or health. You can keep your mind young by developing and strengthening your memory skills and keeping your brain active. The same way your body needs exercise, your brain needs it too. To keep your brain young and fit, give it the same attention you’d give your body. In other words, give your brain a daily workout.
Games to Help Improve Memory
There are a great number of games for your brain on the Internet, some are free and others charge you a monthly fee. However, you can develop your own exercises for your brain. The best of them will work as many areas of the brain as possible.
Here’s some of the best games to play and the areas of the brain they help with:
- Memory – Crossword puzzles, Scrabble, card games
- Intelligence – Learn a new skill, such as geography, a new language, or study technology. Even learning to use a computer, tablet, or cell phone for the first time counts as a new skill.
- Language Skills – Learn a new word every day or try to keep a daily journal.
- Navigation– Navigation refers less to traveling and more to direction, spatial skills, and mobility. Learn to dance or, if it’s been a while, pick up a ball. Don’t just throw it, catch it too. Or, if your body can still move with skill and speed, consider picking up a new sport.
- People Skills – Take a class at the local senior citizen center, recreation center, YMCA, or local college. Take a educational class and engage other students in discussion. Get involved with a local cause, religious study, or political candidate. Be active in your community and consider volunteering.
- Attention – Attend a lecture on a subject you want to know more about. Test yourself after the speech by recanting it to others. Remember the speaker’s main points and the evidence used to support the argument; tell others about your experience. Go with a friend and talk about the lecture afterwards. It will help both of you reinforce your memories of the event.
- Problem Solving – Design and build, or help build, something. If building alone, consider a small task such as a bench or bird house. Carry cash for small purchases and count your change to occasionally refresh knowledge on simple math and numbers.
Before you begin to lose parts of your memory, prevent it as much as you can by being more social. Go to religious services. Volunteer. Get a part time job. Involving yourself in community services can help foster new friendships and positive experiences. Not only will the small amount of money come in handy, it will give you an opportunity to work with engage with people of all ages. You can join a club or even an online chat group to you active and involved with others.
Even if art has never been your cup of tea, creating things helps challenge and promoting brain activity. Music, crafts, woodworking, model ship building, and whittling are just some of the examples will keep your brain challenged and engaged. Learning to design a project, buy or obtain the materials you will need, mix the colors, memorize the words, use the tools, and creating the finished project will help the different areas of your brain remain supple and alert.
Using your brain daily and keeping active with new tasks benefits everyone, regardless of age. Consider your own personality as you decide what tasks, chores, or activities appeal to you. Is there something you used to enjoy? Have you always wanted to try something? Many people put off fun ideas when they are younger for more important responsibilities; use retirement as an opportunity to try everything you wished you had before. You can realize your dreams while keeping your brain healthy and staying young for life!
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About the Author: Victoria K. Stickley is a copywriter, editor, and senior content manager based in the Dallas area. Her graduate education in counseling and research has helped immensely in her writing as well as the care she provides for her grandparents. She currently provides support and resources to senior care websites as she learns and experiences senior care first-hand.