Do Brain Games Actually Work?

February 1, 2023
Grandmother, daughter and granddaughter using tablet and smartphone

As we age, it’s just as crucial to exercise the mind as it is to keep the physical body fit. Cognitive function is a key component to one’s overall well-being, as well as a supporting factor in the ability to live independently.

These days, brain game apps are readily available. Using activities and games to challenge and stimulate the brain can be a fun way to keep seniors engaged.

Senior-friendly technology allows residents to use tablets to video chat with their loved ones, engage in puzzles, and reminisce and memorialize cherished memories and stories. This tech can also be a resource for therapy providers, such as brain game apps becoming integrated into memory-care services.

Staying Sharp With Senior Tech

Priority Life Care has partnered with It’s Never 2 Late, iN2L, to provide modern tools that allow senior residents to stay connected and retain some level of independence. This digital solution has contributed to several advancements within the industry of senior care and continues to impart a sense of purpose for residents through technological engagement.

Brain game apps can be loaded onto tablets, where seniors can easily access them. These games can challenge cognitive ability and support problem-solving skills. When played in a group setting, they have been shown to combat isolation and loneliness, which can be prevalent among the senior population.

While these games are unable to reverse the effects of dementia or Alzheimer’s, they allow impacted seniors the chance to actively participate. With so many options available, seniors can specify which games they enjoy the most and build a curated experience.

It’s Not All Puzzles and Riddles

When people think of brain games, their mind often goes to Sudoku puzzles and crosswords in the Sunday paper. Activities such as arts and crafts can provide similar levels of stimulation. Depending on the senior, they may enjoy challenging their mind creatively and with fewer constraints.

PLC communities also provide opportunities to engage tech such as FaceTime, Skype, and Google Hangouts to keep seniors actively engaged through connections with their loved ones. Other apps, such as OneDay, provide caregivers with prompts to initiate discussions with residents.

Bingo is a popular choice amongst large groups of seniors and for good reason. This is an easy-to-understand, lively game that brings people from all walks of life together. Combining three senses, hearing, touch, and sight — Bingo is a great way to have fun with a crowd while keeping the brain alert.

When played in a social environment, brain games benefit from fostering connection and presenting opportunities for active discourse. In Priority Life Care communities, residents will find many occasions where they can participate in such an environment.

Memory Care at Our Communities

While brain games can provide a mentally stimulating boost for older individuals, they aren’t a replacement for cognitive therapy. Working directly with an experienced caregiver to gauge levels of memory loss and provide care accordingly is irreplaceable.

Brain games are an entertaining way to spend an hour or two a day and many people, both young and old, enjoy them. Priority Life Care communities strive to foster a sense of community, independence, and engagement for each resident. Implementing new technology to reach these goals is something that makes PLC stand out from the rest.

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