Brain Games for Those in Senior housing in Savannah

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As we age, our brain function gradually weakens, causing short- and long-term memory loss, a decline of cognitive abilities, reduced verbal and visual capabilities, and other problems. In fact, studies show that the brain function of an 80 year-old can be as much as five to eight times slower than that of a 20 year-old. But, at its core the brain is a muscle, and every muscle, including the brain, can be strengthened and improved through the use of proper exercise.

If your loved one is living in a Senior housing in Savannah, then there is a number of fun and engaging brain games that you can play with them to help strengthen their mind. Introduce one or more of the following games during your next visit and encourage your loved one to play them even when you're not visiting. Doing so will help exercise their brain and help reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's.

Card Games

Card games can help boost a senior's memory function as well as their hand-eye coordination. Choose easy games at first, like Go Fish or the Memory Card Game and then progress to more complex games such as Poker, Texas Hold'Em, and Rummy. When you are not visiting, encourage your loved one to play solo card games like Solitaire.

Checkers and Chess

Both checkers and chess require concentration and strategy. But, chess can also help improve memory recall as the player needs to be able to remember certain variables that aren't included in checkers.


Puzzles offer an excellent way for your loved one to stimulate and strengthen their mind. From Crosswords to Soduku, there are dozens of puzzle books available and most newspapers include at least a couple free puzzles in their entertainment sections.

Simon Says

Remember playing "Simon Says" when you were a child? Well, this game also works great for improving your loved one's memory and reflex skills. As a side benefit, it can also benefit as a low-impact form of exercise and because this game is the most fun when played as a group, it will give your loved one the chance to enjoy spending time with their friends.

Name That Tune

Pick a handful of songs that were popular when your loved one was younger and put them on your iPod. Play the first few seconds and see if they can name the tune. But, instead of asking for them to speak the answer, have them write it down. This will strengthen their memory recall and help improve their motor skills.

Start a Book Club

Reading is an excellent way to exercise your brain, so why not start a book club with your loved one and their friends? By making it a club, your loved one will not only get the benefit of reading, but they will also stimulate their mind by having to recall certain events and their favorite parts of the book when discussing with the group.

Traditional Brain Games

For even more brain games for your elderly loved one, consider the following:

  • Bingo
  • Rubik's Cube
  • Trivia Games
  • Classic Board Games
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Balloon Volleyball
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Room Memorization Game

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