Games That Stimulate The Brain

If you are like most of us, you probably spend a lot of time thinking of ways you can improve or maintain your physical health. We often forget to think about our brain health and the things we could do now to protect our brains as we age. Since this is Brain Awareness Week (March 12-18), here are a few fun games that can stimulate the brain.

Chess

Playing chess has been known to increase your creativity, problem-solving skills, reading skills, and concertation. It also exercises both sides of the brain and teaches planning and foresight.

Checkers

Just like chess, checkers can also stimulate both sides of the brain. It’s also great for improving your memory and reducing your risk of dementia.

Sudoku

Playing Sudoku is a great way to exercise your mind. It helps improve your memory, increases your sense of time helping you make decisions without hesitation, increases your concentration power and leaves you with a feeling of accomplishment when you can solve a puzzle.

Brain Teasers

Brain teasers are a fun way to boost your brain activity. They can also help increase your memory power, improves concentration and reduces boredom. They can also reduce the risk, and slow the decline, of dementia.

Counting Backwards

Here is one you don’t need any equipment for at all. Start at 100 and countdown to 1. Gradually increase your starting number each time you do this to keep challenging your brain. This is a great way to improve your focus and reduce stress.

 

Danielle Schufreider