Brain Health for Seniors May be a Game

Posted by Joe B. Nester on February 20, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Kimberly Barnes

Kimberly, a North Carolina native, is a web and content marketing specialist who doubles as a kitchen chef in her free time. When not buried behind her laptop or whipping up some eats, Kimberly finds time to bowl, play volleyball, and travel. Most days you’ll find her drinking a non-coffee beverage on a couch in Starbucks. Otherwise, you can stalk follow her on LinkedIn or her website.

Staying Active Inside and Out

As we get older, one of the most important things we can do–for our bodies and our minds– is stay active. And while it’s easy to go for awalk or take an aerobics class, it can be harder to find ways to exercise the brain.

Something that may be able to help? Online games. It turns out that the Internet is good for a lot more than streaming movies and watching football. Not just for kids and teens, in fact, people of all ages are turning to online and video games to keep their minds sharp.

According to many researchers, online games really can help your brain stay fit. Gaming can help improve a range of mental functions, from critical thinking and decision-making to hand-eye coordination and memory.

In fact, gaming can actually change the physical structureof your brain, strengthening neural circuits much like exercise strengthens muscles.

And what’s really surprising? Almost any kind of online game can help improve mental cognition and functioning, whether it’s sports or science fiction. And game developers are responding to this research, putting out tonsof games designed to train your brain.

Here’s where you can find some of the best ones:

Lumosity: Lumosity is one of the best (and most popular) resources for online brain games and training. Lumosity’s many games are based on neuroscience, and they’re designed to train and improve memory, attention, flexibility, speed and problem solving.You can also set up a personalized training program and track your progress online.

Fit Brains Trainer: Fit Brain Trainer’s mobile app offers 10 sets of games to improve different areas of the brain, including concentration, problem solving, memory, visual and speed. Your scores in each area are combined into a Fit Brains Index score, and you can track your progress over time. You can also compare your score with others in your demographic.

Braingle: The Braingle app is full of brain teasers and riddles geared toward improving your logic and reasoning skills. With more than 15,000 exercises, Braingle covers tons of different categories, from cryptography to math to optical illusions. The only downside? Braingle doesn’t calculate your total scores, so it’s not your best bet if you’re looking to track your progress.

Try these online resources to help improve and maintain your brain functions. And for the best results, make sure you devote time each day to strengthening your mind as well as your body.


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