Solution Name: Cognitive Training – Page 1 of 2
Cognitive strategies are one type of learning strategy that learners use in order to learn more successfully.
organizing new language,
summarizing meaning, guessing meaning from context,
using imagery for memorization.
Word games serve as effective and fun ways to engage the mind. For seniors, puzzles help to improve memory, word recall and other functions in the brain.
For those seniors who once enjoyed word play books in the past, such as word searches, Sudoku, and crossword puzzles, they may still enjoy them. They may not be able to still do the more advanced word play activities they enjoyed in the past, but if you find easier ones that can help quite a bit.
Look for books that have larger print and that are geared toward a younger vocabulary if you can.
Games and Puzzles
Games and puzzles are also good for seniors but only if they can keep up with them.
Choosing games or puzzles that are too advanced or too complicated may frustrate a senior causing them to give up.
This is another occasion where finding puzzles and games intended for children may help the senior to engage more fully.
Simple card games such as Poker, Solitaire, Go Fish and Memory Match can help to improve cognitive function in seniors.
Card games stimulate parts of the brain responsible for logical problem-solving and memory retention, along with other functions.
Chess & Strategy Games
Strategy games such as checkers and chess stimulate multiple parts of the brain and are widely used for educational purposes.
One study believes chess provides the following benefits:
Likely to raise an individual’s IQ
Exercises both sides of the brain
Improves memory, concentration, problem-solving, reading, and decision-making skill
Solution Name: Cognitive Training – Page 2 of 2
Even if the senior has cognitive issues, books and magazines can still engage them and help keep their brain active.
Enjoying a good novel, reading an article on the web, or catching up with the daily news not only keeps seniors informed and entertained, but it helps to improve a variety of cognitive functions.
Reading sparks imagination and forces the brain to create images to match the words written on paper, making it one of the most entertaining and effective ways to exercise the brain.
Activities Involving the Use of Hands
Activities that focus on hand-eye coordination and creativity such as:
playing an instrument and even video games help seniors exercise the brain.
Physical Exercise & Healthy Lifestyle
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is vital for improving your memory. Just as our muscles need exercise to grow, so do our brains.
Aside from eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and maintaining stress levels, it’s important to remain physically active.
For seniors with limited mobility, there are still many ways to stay active and keep the heart rate up, whether it’s walking, light gardening, housekeeping, stretching or even meditation.
Exercise releases endorphins in the brain and has also been shown to improve one’s mood, vitality, alertness and overall feelings of well-being.
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