A game a day keeps memory decline at bay…
Games aren’t always just a means of entertainment, in some cases, they’re just what the doctor prescribed. In fact, researched has continued to point to games as a means of slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia. For people suffering from these degenerative diseases, this is fantastic news. Not only can games lift the spirit, but they can keep their brains active. Here are 3 games to play with people suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s.
This classic 80’s game brings every bit as much fun and challenge today! Simon challenges one or more players to memorize the hypnotic lights and sound sequences. This engaging game strengths your ability to memorize, which makes is the perfect game for people suffering from a decline in memory.
This fast-paced game of picture-matching action quickens perceptual abilities, and forces players to engage in memorization skills, making it the perfect game for people with a declining memory. Players are dealt a card that contains various images. Then, all at once, everybody flips over their cards and frantically begins searching for a match between their card and the top card of the center pile. The winner yells T-rex, and then another hand is dealt.
Unlike the previous two games, this game doesn’t require a purchase. Just a few sheets of paper, pencils and the ability to draw (or at least attempt). For this game, participants simply try to draw an image on a blank page.
Just as you can keep your hearts healthy by taking certain measures, you can do the same for your brain. You don’t have to turn your life upside down, or make extreme changes. Everyday games can have a tremendous effect on the brain. Try it and see!