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Memory Games and Brain Exercises for Alzheimer’s Patients

Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju

It is just as crucial to keep your mind bright as your body in shape. It is especially essential for individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease or wish to avoid getting it. Alzheimer’s disease has no solution, and researchers are still working on medicines that might successfully stop the illness’s progression. 

Nevertheless, as you age you may help your brain stay healthy, minimize memory loss, and prevent dementia such as Alzheimer’s by doing tasks that challenge your intellect. Lone Star Neurology will demonstrate the most effective memory games and exercises for keeping dementia patients‘ brains in shape.

How Do Brain Exercises Affect Brain Health?

how do brain exercises Affect Brain Health

Brain training games need players to accomplish activities that require them to exercise certain cognitive skills such as memory, attention, reasoning, and fast thinking. Working out your brain will not lessen your chance of Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia; however, activities for the brain will slow the progression of these disorders.

The research found that exercising the mind helps to lessen the effects of Alzheimer’s. To put it another way, people’s cognitive skills are less likely to deteriorate when they keep their thoughts occupied. According to various studies, playing a stimulating game with other people gives the extra benefit of socialization, which delivers preventive health benefits for older people. Furthermore, brain workouts can help older folks, particularly retired or suffering from disease, maintain a positive state of mind.

That is why, even if they succumb to the illness, it is vital to challenge the intellect from time to time. As a result, games, puzzles, and other sorts of brain stimulation may aid in the slowing of cognitive impairment and other mental disorders. 

What Types of Brain Exercises Should I Do?

what types of brain exerses should i do

There is a growing number of evidence showing some kinds of exercises can be helpful to your brain’s health. Experts advise adhering to brain activities that incorporate real-world tasks. Aside from maintaining a healthy lifestyle, such as eating a well-balanced diet and exercising frequently, you may also keep your mind and memory fresh with brain-training exercises. 

Play Memory Games

Brain functions, such as awareness, concentration, and focus, can be improved by playing memory games. Memory exercises allow for critical thinking, which helps people develop their attention to minor details. They might help you enhance their visual recognition.

Crossword Puzzles

When doing a crossword puzzle on your own, you should never feel bad about looking for assistance. Teamwork on a crossword puzzle is a great way to strengthen your ties while making new friends. Secondly, because crossword puzzles require a wide variety of knowledge, they may be completed by people of many ages and walks of life.

Crossword puzzles have been proved in studies to make us feel calmer and happier. You may relax and take a break from reality by doing puzzles. It should trigger your brain to produce dopamine, a chemical that induces euphoria.

Additionally, crossword puzzles commonly use unusual terminology to make the challenge more difficult. Over time, you’ll accumulate a library of exciting new words. 

Logic Puzzles

When you concentrate on riddles, you use both hemispheres of your brain and give it a good mental challenge and cognitive exercise. The left half of your brain is in charge of logical thinking, while the right side is in charge of imagination. 

When we’re putting together a jigsaw puzzle, we access memory to recall forms, sizes, and components and imagine how they go together. Working on puzzles strengthens and forms new connections between our brain cells, making them an excellent technique to boost short-term memory.

According to research, the formation of new brain connections can help decrease neurological damage in people with Alzheimer’s. 

Because solving puzzles requires us to try numerous ways, we learn how to work by trial and error, build and test hypotheses, and change methods if unsuccessful. We look at numerous tactics and procedures for determining the correct answer. This method results in the formation and testing of hypotheses (trial and error). Our abilities grow through time, making it simpler to solve difficulties and progress to more difficult ones.

Board Games

A putative protective impact of board gameplay on dementia risk might be mediated by decreased cognitive decline and depression among senior board gamers. According to studies, brain exercises for memory can have various favorable effects, ranging from mental  to physical health advantages. 

Board games may be a terrific method to keep a senior’s mind engaged. They are a simple technique to promote healthy brain growth. Moreover, when played without interruptions, board games might improve concentration. It is a great method to relax and have a great time for the whole family.

Brain board games that are entertaining can promote the production of endorphins, which soothe the muscles and enhance circulation in the body, leading to reduced blood pressure for adults. Furthermore, the body’s immune system needs additional care as we age, and stress and worry can all lead to weakened immunity. Fortunately, research has revealed that people who like playing board games produce neuropeptides that reduce stress and boost your body’s resistance.

Chess/Checkers

According to a 2019 scientific review, the intricate mental flexibility required by chess and checkers might help prevent older persons from dementia. Researchers discovered that games requiring memory, math, visual-spatial skills, and critical thinking, may help prevent cognitive decline and delay the consequences of dementia as you age. As a creative treatment method, chess allows you to examine your reactions to stress and problems as they develop throughout a game. 

Another cognitive health benefit of those preventing dementia games is the development of that mental habit – thorough foresight and consideration. It’s worth noting that experienced chess players score better in terms of a certain type of recollection: auditory memory, or the capacity to remember what you’ve learned through hearing.  

Matching 

Matching games help to develop linguistic skills, focus, and memory. They help with focus, visual memory, and short-term memory. These cognitive exercises for dementia also promote attention to detail, the ability to discover similarities and contrasts in items, and the ability to classify objects that are grouped by comparable qualities. Another significant benefit is that they boost vocabulary.

Matching games can assist you to enhance visual awareness by distinguishing between like and similar things and find patterns. The more various types of matching you complete, the more words you’ll use and boost your vocabulary.

Read And Write More

More Reading and Writing are the most cognitive exercises preventing more than 30% of memory impairment in old age. “Being able to read and write helps adults engage in more brain-related activities, such as reading newspapers and helping children and grandkids with schoolwork,” research author Jennifer J. Manly of Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York stated. Alzheimer’s disease is associated with the loss of reading and writing abilities; most professionals mention that maintaining reading and writing abilities is healthy brain activity.

Read and write more

Reading books, performing puzzles, speaking two languages, and playing a musical instrument cognitive exercises have also been linked to a decreased incidence of dementia. The researchers discovered that persons who engaged in intellectual activities the most often, both early and late in life, had a slower rate of memory impairment than those who did not.  

Learn Something New or Sign Up for Education Class 

sign up for education class for adults

The researchers concluded that learning new, unfamiliar abilities that required working memory, long-term memory, and other high-level cognitive processes assisted in memory preservation. There are also certain Alzheimer’s and dementia training and education centers.

You may just join any adult center to learn new things or power the brain activities.  These activities can include:

  • Creative master classes;
  • Dancing classes;
  • Physical exercises classes;
  • Developing classes;
  • Communication skill clubs etc.

Play Brain Training Phone Games 

play bran training phone games

Playing these brain games for adult people of all ages regularly may cause structural changes in some brain areas, implying that some activities need less mental strain, resulting in better attention, attentiveness, and other cognitive skills. Consider the following applications.

Lumosity: Brain Training

The cognitive training program at Lumosity is a fun, engaging method to train your brain and learn about how it works. Lumosity’s application, which is used by over 100 million people worldwide, comprises memory games for adults meant to improve memory, speed, agility, and problem-solving skills.

Vocabulary Builder

While this is GRE prep software, it turns learning new vocabulary terms into a game. You go through stages, each with more complex vocabulary terms than the one before it. Each level you complete opens a more difficult one, with more terms and more sophisticated vocabulary. Words you don’t know will be repeated until you learn them, utilizing spaced repetition, a proven memorizing approach.

Elevate

It is a brain training program that aims to increase your mind’s attention, memory, speaking skills, processing speed, math skills, and other talents. Each individual is given a customized training regimen that is adjusted over time to enhance outcomes. Elevate’s brain games to include in the dementia prevention process are entertaining; it’s exciting to open the app every day to find three new games to play.

Impulse

It provides a terrific opportunity to undertake mental training by playing engaging and demanding thinking games. Quick brain workouts, and exercises for memory loss, along with appropriate physical activity and diet, may aid in keeping your brain clear, bright, and ready for day-to-day life difficulties.

Social Connections and Collective Games

social connections and collective games

Better social networks and higher social activity are often connected with decreased chances of cognitive impairment. Social activities are among Alzheimer’s prevention games that may also help keep cognitive function by stimulating it.

People living with Dementia might benefit from an hour of social engagement every week. According to the researchers, offering one hour of social activities can reduce agitation and enhance the quality of life of dementia patients. 

Bottom Line 

Dementia symptoms can vary and may include: memory loss as well as Alzheimer’s difficulties such as wandering and getting lost, difficulty handling money and paying bills, and personality and behavior changes. Follow the tips provided above to improve memory functioning and prevent these diseases.

Our Lone Star Neurology clinic deals with the treatment of neurological diseases. Go to our website and view the complete list of diseases that are within our clinical practice. Also, you can read our interesting and useful articles about different kinds of diseases and their treatment. Contact our experts if you need help. 

FAQs 

  • How do you entertain someone with Alzheimer’s?

It is important to choose activities that are enjoyable for the person with dementia and include them in the routine. They can be:

  • growing potted plants at home;
  • listening to music;
  • watching TV;
  • regularly walking.
  • Do games help with Alzheimer’s?

Playing games regularly has been demonstrated to lessen the chance of acquiring Alzheimer’s disease by nearly half. For people who already have this disease, gaming can help reduce the disease’s progression. 

  • Should a person with Alzheimer’s have a phone?

The short answer is yes, without a doubt. Cell phones are essential according to the statement of Richard Bowen, a physician’s assistant and primary care provider for the elderly at the VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina. 

  • Do video games improve the brain?

According to research, daily playing video games may increase the gray matter in the brain and improve brain connections. Gray matter is linked to motor control, memory, perception, and spatial navigation.

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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 prepared.read 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 together.read 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 business.read 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 cookies.read 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 there.read 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 treatment.read 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 finish.read 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 stars.read 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 staff.read 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 treatment.read 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 doctor.read 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 solutions.read 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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