As you get older, you are likely to experience a slowing down of brain function. While you may not experience symptoms of dementia, you may have more trouble recalling memories or completing tasks. It is possible to exercise your brain in order for it to work to its potential. You can give your brain tasks that can improve memory, and give your brain the workout it craves. From crossword puzzles to logic games, when you give your brain a task to complete, this is a way to exercise your brain.
Many people do a weekly or daily crossword puzzle, but this may not be enough to keep your brain functioning optimally. If the puzzle is too easy for you, you aren't challenging your brain enough. Aim for puzzles that take you some time to complete, and then try puzzles that are difficult for you. The harder you work to complete a crossword puzzle, the more you are working out your brain and developing its abilities.
Sudoko puzzles, or other number puzzles, use a different part of your brain than traditional crossword puzzles. The puzzles come in levels for people of all abilities, so you can begin at the easy level and work your way up to more difficult puzzles. If you haven't tried sudoko puzzles yet, now is the time to give them a try. The logic required to complete a sudoko puzzle will improve your logic abilities over time.
Chess is a traditional way to keep your brain active and sharp. If you haven't yet learned how to play chess, now might be the time to learn. When you play chess, you need to consider all the pieces on the board and use strategies in order to win. To get really good at chess, you have to be thinking several steps ahead at all times. Find a partner you can play chess with, or consider learning how to play chess online. Chess teaches you how to plan ahead and how to develop a strategy, and it requires concentration.
Jigsaw puzzles are yet another way you can keep your mind sharp. They develop your hand-eye coordination and allow you to keep your visual-spatial capabilities strong. If you are building puzzles that are too easy for you, challenge yourself with a more difficult puzzle. You should be doing puzzles that you can complete, but don't go too easy on yourself.
If you live in a senior community, like River Grand Senior Living, see if there are other residents who may be interesting in completing these puzzle and games with you. Doing them with others is more fun than doing them on your own!