Games Are Good For the Mind

Games Are Good For the Mind

A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests that seniors who participate in brain training activities (brain games) now will enjoy increased mental abilities and skills for up to ten years in the future. The new evidence correlates with multiple studies that demonstrate brain fitness could possibly delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

What Kinds of Games Keep Minds Sharp for a Decade?

Various games and exercises can improve memory and cognitive function, and many can even help compensate for lost skills. Engaging in different types of games builds awareness and stimulates different areas of the brain, including those that are not often used. For example, tactile games like board games and jigsaw puzzles activate areas of the brain responsible for sensory processing, visual perception and hand-eye coordination. Card games challenge memory and strategic skills. A number of computer games and online brain training sites are specifically designed to address attention, focus, spatial memory, sense of direction and other cognitive skills.

Games involving more than one participant promote social interaction, which is proven to alleviate depression, increase self-confidence and improve overall mental and physical well-being. Even simple activities like reading, painting, learning a new song or taking up a new hobby provide beneficial mental exercise. Making brain games fun is the key to encouraging enthusiastic participation and getting the best results.

Providence Care Maximizes Mental Acuity

Providence Care assisted living understands the valuable role of mental stimulation and cognitive training in comprehensive senior care. We incorporate beneficial therapy exercises into every aspect of our daily routines. Our Reminiscence, Orientation, Sensory Stimulation and Empathy (ROSE) program is designed to help elders stay grounded and enjoy each day to its fullest. ROSE strengthens communication and improves self-esteem through activities like music, dancing, cooking, and museum outings. It improves orientation with season boards, scheduled grooming and phone calls and visits with family and friends. Sensory stimulation is provided through movement, sight, sound, taste and touch; our seniors enjoy musical performances, yoga, walking, bird-watching, massages, crafts and pet therapy.

At Providence Care, we build empathy and keep social skills sharp through volunteer programs, church groups, parties and other scheduled activities and events. Whether it’s in our recreation room, at a pedicure appointment or at a senior’s own home, our caring staff is devoted to keeping mental skills at their highest possible level so that those in our care enjoy richer, fuller lives.