As we age, our brain will begin to grow old as well and my begin to slow down and present various symptoms. You may notice that your memory may have been affected as learning new concepts and processing new information becomes difficult. Learning names and remembering numbers or appointments become difficult as well.
How does this happen?
Our brain actually goes through physical changes when we age. For example, our brain mass changes and in fact shrinks when we get older. The amount of neurotransmitters also decreases as we get older. All these physical changes affects our brain greatly.Despite the fact that this change is evident, there are many things that we can do to help ourselves as we live with an aging brain.
One activity that can really benefit are playing games! Yes, you read that right. This is the perfect time to spend countless of hours playing games. Brain games that is!
Brain games are games that have one objective; to challenge your mind! Brain games forces you to utilize cognitive skills such as planning, memory, problem solving and strategy making. The brain is a muscle and in order to be more effective it needs to be trained and exercised!
Some great ideas for brain games:
1. Card games – You can use cards to help with your memory as you are challenged to remember various shapes, colours and numbers. There are many variations of games to help you exercise your brain.
2. Board games – The best thing about board games is that you can play with multiple people! Games like chess and checkers are good games that help you strategize and even problem solve. Plus, the feeling of winning always goes a long way!
3. Apps – There are thousands of apps on your phone or on your tablets that can be used to help exercise your brain. Technology now allows us to access these games and puzzles that can help train our brains.
Brain games are a fun and engaging way to become healthier! Who knew those two things would be in the same sentence? Use these games to your advantage as you or someone you love begin to age and feel the effects of it! Most importantly, have fun!