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Brain Game Ideas for Seniors
Brain games are a fun way for seniors to challenge themselves and interact with others in their community.
Brain games typically don’t involve much mobility, which makes them very accessible to seniors because they might be unable to perform the physical activities that they once could.
Here are 15 brain game ideas for seniors to help keep them engaged:
1. Sudoku – Sudoku is a brain game where you fill a 9x9 grid with the numbers 1-9. The grid will be partially filled in and the player has to solve the puzzle with the missing numbers.
2. Checkers – Checkers is a classic game that anyone can play at any age. It involves using strategy and your pieces to capture the other player’s pieces.
3. Chess – Chess is a popular brain game that involves two players trying to take each other’s pieces. The game ends when the king is taken or there is a draw.
4. Crossword puzzles – Crossword puzzles contain grids that correspond to specific words. The clues are written down for each grid and the person playing the crossword has to guess it.
5. Bingo – Bingo is a game of chance that is usually played in a group. Everyone gets a board with 25 squares and the person who gets 5 squares in a row first wins.
6. Scrabble – Scrabble is a word game where you place tiles on a board to form different words. The players compete against one another for the most points.
7. Word Searches – Word searches involve trying to find all of the words in a grid. The words can be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.
8. Riddles – Riddles give the player a question, statement, or phrase that has a specific answer or solution to it.
9. Rubix Cube – A Rubix cube is a square that has 6 sides to it with 9 squares on each side. The player must make each side one solid color by moving the squares around.
10. Jigsaw puzzles – A jigsaw puzzle is made up of small cardboard pieces that are different shapes that ultimately fit together in one specific way. When a jigsaw puzzle is complete, it will make a picture or shape.
11. Solitaire – Solitaire is a card game that involves sorting cards in a specific way or theme. The most common solitaire game is Klondike, where the goal is to build up four stacks of cards with Ace and ending with King all on the same suit.
12. Trivia – Trivia games involve recalling facts and answers to specific questions, statements, and prompts. There are many different styles of trivia games that can be played alone or with a group.
13. Rebus Puzzles – A rebus puzzle is a picture typically made of letters or words. There are many clues that can be used to solve the puzzle, including arrangements, color, size, and patterns.
14. Backgammon – A board game that involves throwing a dice and using strategy to move the checkers. The objective is to move your 15 checkers off the board first.
15. Monopoly – This game is played with multiple people and involves using a budget to purchase different areas on the board. The person who is left with the most money wins.
Saber Healthcare Encourages Brain Activities
Here at Saber Healthcare, our Life Enrichment department works to provide games that help our residents stay social and active.
In the past, our buildings have held activities such as bingo, coloring, trivia, and puzzles. We believe that allowing our residents stay social and engaged is a core part to helping them reach their goals.
To learn more about Saber Healthcare and the care we provide to our residents, click here.
Saber Healthcare is an organization dedicated to providing consultant services to long term care providers. This article is for informational purposes and is not meant to be seen as professional advice. Please consult with a medical expert before relying on the information provided.