Brain games are fabulously entertaining, engaging our attention while improving quality of life. They might even stave off dementia, thanks to the brain stimulation they can provide.
For those with extra time on their hands, they’re also a productive way fight boredom. Even the most sedentary older adult can be a “mental athlete” when it comes to their brain.
Our Favorite Brain Games for Individuals
Looking for brain games or something to do? Here are a few of our favorites.
- Lumosity is a fun app – this CNN article suggests other brain fitness apps to consider, too, if you prefer apps for your phone, tablet or computer
- Boggle, Boggle with Friends and Words with Friends are fabulous for those who enjoy word games and spelling challenges. Scrabble is also delightful with friends; we especially enjoy the Cooking edition, although it’s now considered a collectable and fairly expensive.
- Rush Hour is a delightful logic game that is available as a board game, desktop version or iTunes app. All have the ability to gradually increase complexity as you become more adept.
- AARP offers a “staying sharp” website packed with games, plus a brain health assessment. Give it a try!
- For those who understand the importance of remaining social and engaged with the community, Arizona offers a unique resource called Spirit of the Senses, an arts-based organization with a steady stream of interesting presentations on a wide variety of topics. It’s a wonderful reason to get out of the house, and the annual $360 membership fee includes up to 60 activities (called “salons”) per year, or five each month. It’s not a game, but certainly stimulating. Learn more here: http://www.spiritofthesenses.org/.
Continual Learning is Ideal
Lifelong learners have an edge over those who occasionally dabble in brain games. Their explorations continually feed their brains through a steady trickle of new tasks, skills and memories.
It’s a habit that makes a difference in mental health and wellbeing. Perhaps a curious mind that encourages learning is something worth cultivating in the New Year!
The Easiest Way to Adopt a Learning Lifestyle During Retirement
To take brain fitness one step further, immersing yourself in a community that emphasizes intellectual pursuit and a love of learning as a way of life can be a great way to step up your game.
Masterpiece Living® communities are one way to adopt a lifestyle of learning that goes far beyond a habit. Created from evidence-based research, this nationally recognized program focuses around four key dimensions: physical, social, intellectual and spiritual. The integrated approach keeps residents engaged and involved, improving their ability to remain independent as they age through its focus on health and wellbeing, and a vibrant, rewarding retirement.
This is Part Three in a series on Masterpiece Living – start with Part One here: Spirituality at Retirement Homes.
For anyone considering a move to a retirement community, it’s certainly something to consider.
Sun Health Senior Living is proud to offer three Masterpiece Living Communities in Arizona: Grandview Terrace in Sun City West, La Loma Village in Litchfield Park and The Colonnade in Sun City Grand (Surprise). If you’re interested in learning more about the difference a Masterpiece Living community can make when it comes to successful aging, contact Corporate Director of Sales Jackie Lusson at 623-236-3767 to schedule your tour.
(Originally published Jan. 9, 2018; last updated Jan. 11, 2019.)