Researchers continue to believe that playing what they call “brain training games” can help keep the mind sharp. They may not prevent a brain from normal aging, but they can help keep a brain healthy, alert and finely tuned. These mentally stimulating games can play an important role in aging well.
Mentally challenging brain games — cards, puzzles and board games — are good for seniors who may have mobility issues because they don’t involve a lot of physical activity. What they do involve are fun, intellectual and social forms of stimulation.
Features of the Brain Builders program include:
- Help prevent and delay age-associated memory loss
- Two activity sessions a week at Assisted Living communities
- Variety of fun and challenging brain exercises and activities
Importance of Brain Games for Adults:
Studies demonstrate that card games, puzzles, and board games are good mental stimuli and help promote brain health. This is especially true for older adults. Games also stimulate the immune system and can trigger the use of visualization, memory and sequencing skills.
Many games also involve socialization and verbal interaction. We know that games can also help mitigate boredom and depression, both of which can cause cognitive decline. They can be fun activities that involve family and friends. This social dynamic also helps keep the brain active and engaged.
Brain Builder activities are provided at all Caring Places Management communities. Thankfully, studies have shown that we are not helpless in the battle to combat age associated memory loss. As the brain is challenged and exercised, its ability to retain old memories and make new ones is increased. This is the foundation on which our Brain Builders program was developed for our Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities.
Brain Builders activity sessions are held at least twice a week within our Assisted Living communities. Each session provides a variety of fun and challenging mental activities and puzzles that are designed to keep the brain healthy and strong.