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Brain Exercises for Dementia Patients

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Brain activities can frequently assist dementia patients in keeping their thoughts engaged and working. Several sorts of workouts might be helpful, and selecting the ones most effective for each individual is critical. Some activities may be more beneficial, so you should experiment to find what works best for you. This blog article will explore some of the patients’ most excellent brain workouts.

Many practical and helpful jobs and exercises may perfectly boost your brain, prevent sickness, or help you make life simpler with this disease. Continue reading to find out more!

How Can Brain Games Help With Dementia?

How can brain games help with dementia

Whether you’re looking to prevent Alzheimer’s or improve brain function, there are many exercises you can do to keep your mind sharp. We’ve gathered the top 10 brain-pumping exercises for you, so that you can find activities to your liking.

Dementia is a broad term used to describe a decline in cognitive ability. This can manifest in: 

  • Memory loss. 
  • Difficulty focusing.
  • Impaired judgment. 

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to managing dementia, brain games can be a helpful tool.

Brain games can help improve cognitive function by providing stimulating activities that exercise the brain. These exercises can help to delay the onset of dementia or improve symptoms in those who have already been diagnosed.

What Brain Exercises Should Do Dementia Patients

There are many different types of brain games available, it’s important to find ones that you enjoy and will stick with:

  • Some popular options include crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and memory games. 
  • There are also more active games designed for seniors, such as dancing or gardening.

No matter what type of brain game you choose, the important thing is to keep your mind active and engaged. Regular practice can help improve cognitive function and delay the condition’s onset.

Read about foods that may help prevent or slow down dementia in our Lone Star blog. 

Sudoku – Game With Numbers

Sudoku-game with numbers

Sudoku is a puzzle game that uses numbers instead of words. The objective is to fill a 9×9 grid with digits so that each column, row, and 3×3 section contain all of the digits from 1 to 9. Sudoku is a great workout for your brain and can help improve your memory and concentration.

In the beginning, this game may seem a little complicated, but this means that your brain is working perfectly, and you will actively pump your brain.

Crossword Puzzles

Crossword puzzles

Crossword puzzles are a traditional and free brain activity that may be enjoyed by seniors with dementia. To complete these riddles, you must apply your language knowledge. It has been scientifically proven that crossword lovers have a better memory and cope well with problems in critical situations.

Purchase crossword puzzles for your grandparents. You may do puzzles with them and so achieve two things at the same time: prevent brain damage and train grandparents’ cognitive abilities.

Sing Or Play Music With Music Instruments

Sing or play music with music instruments

Playing music is a great way to exercise your brain. Studies have shown that musical training can improve: 

  • Memory.
  • Cognitive function.
  • Executive function. 

Playing an instrument can also help to reduce stress and anxiety. If you’re not a musician, you can still enjoy the benefits of music by singing along to your favorite songs.

Do Training Outside

Do training outside

One of the best options is to use active games for seniors with dementia. Being in nature can help to improve your mood and cognitive function. A study found that people training outside had better attention spans and memory recall than those training indoors. Fresh air and sunshine can also help to reduce stress and improve your overall well-being. And what could be better than fresh air?

Playing Checkers or Chess

Playing checkers or chess

Checkers and chess are two classic board games that can help to improve your: 

  • Memory.
  • Planning.
  • Problem-solving skills. 

These games require you to think ahead and consider your next move. Regular practice can sharpen your mind and keep your cognitive function sharp.

Online Games

Online games

There are a variety of online games available to help dementia patients improve their memory and cognitive function. Popular options include brain-training games, memory games, and puzzle games. These games provide a fun and interesting method to exercise your brain.

Learn Foreign Language

Learn foreign language

Learning a new language can aid in enhancing memory, cognitive function, and attention span. It is never too late to begin studying a foreign language. There are several material sources accessible, including:

  • Online classes.
  • Apps.
  • Books.

Talking to People More

Maintaining a social life is essential for your mental health. Connecting with people can enable you to decrease stress, enhance your mood, and protect yourself against cognitive degeneration. There are several strategies to keep socially engaged, including:

  • Joining a club.
  • Taking a class. 
  • Attending social events.

Whatever hobbies you select, be sure they are ones you will love and stick with. You may assist increase your brain function by practicing on a regular basis.

Join a Book Club

Join a book club

Apart from brain games for Alzheimer’s patients,  you should consider joining a book club. It is a great way to stay socially active and exercise your brain. Book clubs provide an opportunity for you to discuss what you’re reading with others. This can help to improve your comprehension and memory recall. In addition, reading itself is a great way to keep your mind active and engaged.


Dancing is a great way to get your body moving and your brain working. Studies have shown that dancing can help to improve memory, cognitive, and executive function. Dancing can also help to reduce stress and anxiety. If you’re not a dancer, you can still enjoy the benefits of dancing by taking classes or attending workshops.

You can read how to support a person with dementia in our ither article.

Bottom Line 

If you are interested in treating or preventing dementia, it is vital to use only professional sources of information. You can get professional help only from doctors from experienced clinics. You can sign up for a consultation very simply – just use the special button for contact and wait for the consultant’s response.


  • Can brain exercises help prevent dementia?

Some studies have found that cognitive training can improve some aspects of memory and thinking, particularly for middle-aged or older people. So far, no studies have shown that brain training prevents dementia.

  • Should people with dementia be forced to play these games?

There is no strict rule to pump your brain, but if you want to treat that disease and train your brain, you should play brain games. 

  • Who is vulnerable to dementia?

The most significant risk factor for dementia is aging. This means as a person gets older, their risk of developing dementia increases a lot. For people aged between 65 and 69, around 2 in every 100 people have dementia. A person’s risk increases as they age, roughly doubling every five years.

  • How can I understand I have dementia?

Although the early signs vary, common early symptoms of dementia include:

  • Memory issues, particularly recalling recent occurrences.
  • Confusion is spreading.
  • Concentration has been reduced.
  • Changes in personality or conduct
  • Apathy, withdrawal, and depression.
  • Loss of capacity to do daily chores.

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Edward Medina
Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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  1. 13/10/2023

    I’m 77 years old and was diagnosed about a year ago. I still drive, grocery shop, play games on my iPad, plan and watch cable tv which is very new, keep grocery lists, do laundry, read the paper. My husband helps keep my appointment calendar. My short term memory doesn’t work but I have notepads and pencils around the house. I’m trying everything that’s recommended to keep as much of my brain as I can. I also do jigsaw puzzles on my iPad.

    I learned a lot fro you ur website.

  2. 23/01/2024

    Gracious! Back in the day we did not haev this technology eh! I got this wireful connection a coulpe days ago and it is working wonders, gosh!
    I am 92 and have had alzheirer’s for the better part of two years, but it has only made me stronger! I advise anyone with similar neurodeficiencies to seek aid in blog pages like thise!
    I am the best in my block at sudoku! I sometimes forget the numbres, but it’s an illusion!
    Best of luck to website! freg

    ! k

  3. 12/03/2024

    I have read the note given. I appreciate your way of presentation. I have been diagnosed to be in the early stage of dementia. I some times face memory loss. Recalling names of people whom they had been introduced in a certain past occasion is really difficult for me. But thanks for your generous advice and suggestion I will try to exercise some of the games which may be available for me.
    Does massage that helps blood flow towards brain improve dementia status?

    My appreciation!!!

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