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Brain-Boosting Resources for Aging Adults


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Even the healthiest individuals can be quick to complain they’re not thinking as fast as they once did. Words and names may not come to mind as readily. And learning new tasks could become more of a challenge. Perhaps you’ve witnessed this in a senior client or loved one. Apps_for_Seniors.png

Common causes or problems with memory or thinking abilities may include medication side effects, problems with hormones, infections or damage to brain neurons.

While research findings remain inconclusive, more scientists are studying the benefits of brain fitness games for older adults, including those with dementia. "Multiple studies suggest that playing brain games helps maintain and even boost cognitive performance," said Marwan Sabbagh, M.D., medical director of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada.

One of these studies of almost 3,000 people found that just ten 60-minute brain-training sessions over a five-week period successfully slowed their rate of cognitive decline. Another systematic review of more than 151 studies found that working memory, processing speed and brain function were all boosted by computerized brain training games, and that older adults don’t need to be technologically savvy to play them.

Apps and other tools are readily available on the market, and many claim to help with memory training. Below are a few that we think are particularly helpful for seniors.

Stand-Alone Hand-Held Electronic Games
According to SeniorLiving.org, stand-alone handheld electronic games give seniors a chance to exercise the brain when they are alone, and the portability of these games means they are playable anywhere, including in a doctor's waiting room or in bed. These games can be played against a computer, which shouldn’t leave  seniors open to scams. Hand-held electronic card games encourage seniors to use math and strategy to win, and some games are available in senior-friendly mega screens that use larger buttons and graphics.

Downloadable Apps
From an app store, seniors can also download apps of their favorite game shows, such as Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud. These brain games might be great for your client or aging loved one to do alone or with you:
  1. Lumosity: Created by more than 100 researchers from around the globe and launched in 2007, this was one of the first apps in the brain-training empire. It helps older adults by providing exercises devised to improve five areas of cognitive function: problem-solving, memory, attention, speed and flexibility.
  2. Peak: Is your client or loved one looking for something quick? Why not try mini-games, which “push you hard with short, intense workouts.” These mental gymnastics help boost memory, problem-solving, concentration, language and more. Utilizing research from scientists from prestigious universities like Cambridge and Yale, Peak was rated by Google in 2016 as one of the best Android apps.
  3. Elevate: Elevate can set older adults up with entertaining, yet challenging games to help build communication and analytical abilities. Daily mini-games are geared toward strengthening focus, memory, reading comprehension and other cognitive skills.
  4. Cognifit Brain Fitness: What stands out in this app designed by neuroscientists is its specific programming to “stimulate or rehabilitate” brain function in people with conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, brain injuries and more. If your client or loved one thrives on social interaction (which also can help keep the brain healthy), he or she can challenge friends and keep tabs on ranking via real-time monitoring.
  5. Mensa Brain Training: Perception, recall and logic are all parts of mental acuity, and Mensa-approved exercises help strengthen these and more. The games, which allow seniors to chart their progress over time, test one’s mental savvy in fun and challenging ways. The tailored training program, which was developed by puzzle experts, challenges memory, concentration, agility, perception and reasoning, and was rated as the number one entertainment app in 17 countries.
Remember: While technology may be beneficial, so too is one-on-one contact with others and the personal relationships that result.

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