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Updated on September 2, 2012

Do Mind Improvement Games Help Your Memory?

Can mind improvement games really help you remember? I've heard a lot about how beneficial these games are so I decided to investigate as to whether there is any truth to it or not.

Forgetting used to happen to me occasionally, but in the last few years, it is happening more and more. Some of my friends refer to it as "Can't remember sh*t problem". Thankfully, it isn't dementia at this point, and God forbid that it never develops to that point.

However, it is very frustrating to walk into a room and have no idea what you came in there to get. Another thing that I do all the time is look for my for my glasses. I don't even want to think about how many times a day, I ask "has anyone seen my glasses?" Over the Christmas holidays a few years ago, one family member noted, "if one more person asks me where their phone, glasses or keys are, I am going to scream!"

Mind games, eating nutritiously, good restful sleep, social interaction and physical activity all play a major role in how our memory performs. This lens will focus on the benefits that games have on mind improvement.

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Research For Mind Improvement

The brain only weighs 3-lbs, but contains approximately 100 billion neurons. These active neurons continue to grow even as a person ages. A study by The New England Journal of Medicine reports that adults who engage frequently in stimulating activities are 63 percent less likely to develop dementia compared to those who rarely participate in active mind activities. There are countless other studies that indicate the beneficial effect that playing games has on our mind and memory.

I started investigating and found I wasn't alone in wanting to improve my memory. I am among the Baby Boomers, the children born between 1946 to 1964. This age group has started reaching the age where memory starts to decline. But the Baby Boomers are not the only group seeking to either improve or maintain a good memory. In addition to the Boomers, there are, of course, students that all want a stellar memory in order to do well in school, but I am also talking about top executives, busy moms and well, just about everyone wants to be be able to have clear command of their mind. Today with all of the numerous distractions and stress, memory loss seems to affect everyone.

What does this mean? It means there are lots of people researching and trying to find solutions to this annoying condition. Thankfully, there are numerous memory improvement games, brain games, concentration games and puzzles available free online.

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The Effects Playing Games Have on Long and Short Term Memory

First of all, let's define short and longterm memory. Short term memory deals with actions that happened very recently, such as in a few seconds to a few minutes ago. Longterm memory is defined as remembering events that happened, days, weeks, months and years ago.

Research indicates that playing games actually improves both short and longterm memory. What kind of games? Any and every kind. Everything from Wii and Playstation to board games and everything in between.

Types of Memory Improvement Games

Board Games - (Chess, Checkers, Scrabble) are thought to assist the brain in reading, math, reasoning abilities, memory and logic.

Card Games (solitaire, hearts, etc.) are thought to improve memory and stimulate regions of the brain that deal with problem solving and logic.

Jigsaw Puzzles,Crossword Puzzles and Word Search Puzzles are thought to challenge and stimulate the brain.

Brain Teasers and Optical Illusions help keep the mind sharp.

Sudoku Puzzles are thought to encourage logical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Electronic Games are thought to improve speed with which your brain processes information. Wii and other types of electronic games that encourage actual movement also help the brain by increasing heart rate and improving blood flow to the brain.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Good ideas, some of the are easy to implement

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The New York Times crossword puzzles are great for mind improvement. You have to think both linearly and way out of the box sometimes to fill in the clues correctly.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Wow! The book you recommend is free to anyone who has Amazon prime. Definitely getting that. These are wonderful recommendations! I hope you keep adding to this lens. It has a lot of potential to help those of us who live with memory challenges. Thank you!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love word games, crossword puzzles, word search, anything with words. I think it helps to keep me sharp.

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      termit_bronx 5 years ago

      Yes, we need to do this regulary.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I try to play a variety of word and puzzle games. Important info