While we cover the importance of physical exercise in the second half of this newsletter, we are starting with a focus on another type of exercise that is just as important—working out your mind! There are plenty of different memory games available today, including countless options that can be played in person or via mobile apps. What are some of the best memory games for seniors?
4 Great Memory Games for Seniors
Bingo: Bingo is not just a fun way to connect socially with other like-minded people, it is also a good way to keep your mind active. Bingo can help you to work on your memory, improve your visual comprehension when looking for numbers on your bingo card, and practice hearing when listening for your number to be called.
Checkers: Checkers is one of the most popular board games for people of all ages, as it is easy to get started, does not require many expensive materials, and can be played many times without boredom. There are many different types of checker sets available, including ones that are specially designed for those with vision challenges or arthritis.
Crossword Puzzles: Crossword puzzles are readily available in the newspaper and online, and they are great to keep your brain active. While some seniors like playing general crossword puzzles that pull on a variety of types of knowledge, others choose crossword puzzles with a more specific focus, like entertainment or history.
Scrabble: Scrabble is a timeless favorite, and it’s also an easy game to play with the whole family. Scrabble helps you learn new words, but it also helps you pull on existing vocabulary that you know.
The Importance of Exercise for Seniors
Exercise is important for everyone, not just younger people or those who are able-bodied. For seniors and older adults, exercise can play a major role in maintaining mobility and optimal physical health. Why is exercise so important for older adults in particular?
Why Exercise Matters for Seniors
Numerous studies have found that regular physical activity is a key factor in preventing many diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.
Exercise helps produce endorphins. Endorphins help you feel happier and less stressed, which is great for your mental health.
Seniors are at an elevated risk of falls, and a single fall can lead to permanent injury or even death. By exercising, you will improve your strength and flexibility. This decreases the odds of falling and helps you stay in better shape in the event that you do fall.
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