Oct 21, 2016 by Matt Clinnard
Playing games is a great way to keep an aging brain sharp. Working with puzzles and other logic games helps improve reasoning, memory and logic. For this reason, puzzles and brain teasers are excellent for senior's brain, in terms of exercising problem-solving skills and improving memory and thinking outside the norm. Senior has much to gain from these exercises and health care providers in Tyler, TX, recommend working them into a daily routine.
Working on puzzles and solving them provides seniors with many helpful benefits. It makes them alert, increases their concentration, and expands their creativity. Looking at the images constantly helps them practice visualization. It also affects their physical health by lowering their breath rate, reducing heart rate and blood pressure too.
For many senior citizens, working on crossword puzzles is an enjoyable pastime. Some seniors are able to solve the crossword puzzles in daily newspapers, but for some the print is too small. Health care providers could help your loved one find some good crossword puzzles with larger letters online.
If your loved one loves jigsaw puzzles but finds small pieces difficult to handle, health care providers could find them a puzzle made for seniors with over-sized pieces. These puzzles are made for ease of handling with images that are not childish but made for adults. These puzzles are also excellent for people with reduced vision. Jigsaw puzzles can reinforce short-term memory. They also promote a true synergy between the left and right brain. The logical left brain looks at parts, and is stimulated by problem solving. The creative right brain sees the big picture. Jigsaw puzzles offer the best of both worlds. Furthermore, each success with the puzzle – placement of the pieces as well as completing the puzzle encourages the production of dopamine, an important neurotransmitter in the brain that regulates mood and affects senior’s concentration and motivation.
Sudoku is a number puzzle popular with many seniors. Caregivers could find them on a computer, and print them out in a larger size if that would be helpful.
Playing board games is also incredibly good for your loved one’s mental and physical health and their very sanity. Caregivers could play them with your loved one. Playing board games is an excellent way to relieve stress, gain mental balance, relax and socialize.
Health care providers also recommend playing video games, as they have shown remarkable health benefits for seniors. Older adults recovering from stroke have used Wii video games and other virtual game systems to improve arm strength and regain physical function. Not only can seniors improve their physical function, but they are also increasing their opportunities for socialization. Aside from playing video games, seniors can interact online via gaming and play with people of all ages.
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