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Improve Your Brain with Video Games for Seniors

Updated on November 23, 2015
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Deborah is the mother of grown daughters and loves to write about fashion, gifts, diet, homemaking, technology, money and the holidays.

Exercising Our Brains is as Important as Exercising our Bodies

Are there exercises we can do to help improve our memory?  Some researchers believe that video games can help.
Are there exercises we can do to help improve our memory? Some researchers believe that video games can help. | Source

How to Improve Your Brain Power with Brain Games

As the author of the Baby-Boomer-Retirement blog, I have learned that one of the biggest concerns of many Baby Boomers and their aging parents is the possibility of developing Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. I know in my own family, my mother, mentally alert for most of her life, has recently lost her short-term memory. When I spoke to her on the phone on Christmas day, she could not remember that she had spent Christmas Eve with my sister and her family ... even though she had spent the previous night with them. She calmly told me that she had stayed home and done nothing for Christmas Eve. I was shocked at how much memory she has lost, and dread the thought that it could happen to me.

Knowing that the tendency to develop some forms of dementia may run in families makes it even more important to me that I do whatever I can to remain mentally sharp. Over the past few years, there have been a lot of ideas about how to protect your brain. I will discuss some of them later in this article. One of the recent discoveries, however, is the fact that certain types of video games can actually have a beneficial effect on our brains.

In addition, I have featured some of my personal favorite games for seniors in this article. If you want to do everything you can to minimize your memory loss as you age, check out these games and continue to read through this article for other helpful suggestions.

Brain Age Games Are a Good Place to Start

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!

A variety of video games you can use to train your brain to work more efficiently! There are other Brain Age games available, too. Just click on the blue product name for any of the games featured here and you will be taken directly to its Amazon page. From there, you can read more, see the price, read reviews, or search through the other games that are available.

 

Brain Age Games

One of the companies that has a full line of wonderful brain games is Brain Age. I like their games. They are fun and they offer a wide variety of choices. There is no reason to be bored from repeating the same game over and over again which, in itself, could hasten dementia.

Instead, if you wish to protect your brain, you can choose a different game to play each day, always keeping your mind working on new problems and puzzles. In this way, you are exercising every part of your brain.

If you want to read more about any of the video games featured here, click on the blue product name and you will be taken directly to the Amazon page for that item. You can read more, or you can enter additional search criteria to look for additional choices.

How to Protect Your Brain from Mental Decline

While we cannot prevent all forms of dementia, there are steps that everyone can take to at least postpone it. As far as I'm concerned, the longer I can keep my mental faculties, the happier I will be. Here are some suggestions that have been recommended by researchers:

1. Don't smoke. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen you get to your brain. While you may go decades without a problem, eventually your oxygen starved brain will start to decline ... if you haven't died of heart disease or cancer first. My mother has smoked for more than 65 years. While she has remained cancer free, she does suffer from heart disease and dementia, yet she continues to smoke, anyway.

2. Minimize your alcohol consumption. There appears to be some health advantages to a small amount of alcohol each day. However, excessive drinking (more than one small drink for women or two small drinks for men each day) can hasten your mental decline. In addition, if you continue to drink after beginning to show signs of dementia, it will be even more difficult to think clearly.

3. Get exercise. Exercise increases the blood flow throughout the body, including to the brain. The blood brings oxygen with it, which will help your brain function at peak performance.

4. Work your brain. This is where video games and other brain games come in. Work crossword puzzles, learn a new language, try higher level math problems, solve puzzles, take classes, read books. The more you work your brain in a variety of ways, the longer your brain will continue to work for you.

5. Check your medications. If you or someone you love seems to be developing dementia despite everything else you have tried, talk to your family physician about the medications that could be causing this decline. Some medications can cause symptoms of dementia that can easily be resolved by a change in medication.

6. Finally, if you believe you are getting dementia, see your doctor. Today there are several medications than can help slow down the memory loss. The sooner you start them, the better off you will be.

Body and Brain Connection - Xbox 360
Body and Brain Connection - Xbox 360

Yes, there is a connection between working or bodies and getting blood flowing to our brains. This video game explores that connection.

 

More Brain Games

In addition to the line of games offered by Brain Age, other companies have also created games that help our brains functioning at peak performance ... including games that involve keeping active.

Brain Spa  [Download]
Brain Spa [Download]

This video game can easily be downloaded to your home computer for a fun way to keep your brain functioning well.

 

Share Your Opinion About Video Brain Games

Do you think that video games are good for our brains or do it harm?

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What do you think of playing video games? - Are they good for the brain, or not?

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      The right kinds of video games are perfect for Baby Boomers and other aging seniors. Let's all keep our memories and our brain function as long as possible.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      Depending on the video game, there are ways to enhance one's brain.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @diligentwheel lm: Yes, you can let your grandmother know that you really are improving your brain when you play certain video games!

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      diligentwheel lm 4 years ago

      Sharing this with my Grandma !