Ways for Seniors to Keep a Sharp Memory in 2017 April 7, 2017

You're probably well aware of the importance of exercising your body to keep your muscles from atrophying. Although your brain is technically not a muscle, you can (and should) exercise it. You've heard the term "use it or lose it." Use your brain so you don't lose your memory! Fortunately, you'll probably find the following brain "exercises" far more enjoyable than physical exercises.

Lumosity

On the Lumosity website (also available as a smartphone app), you can access more than 40 memory-boosting games. The program measures your performance and gives you scores you can use to keep track of your progress. It's free to play three games daily, or you can pay a minimal monthly fee for unlimited access.

Eidetic

This app uses a concept called "spaced repetition" to help improve your memory. It trains your brain and boosts memory recall by spacing test periods over time. You choose the length of your training session - it can be an intense one-day session or a memory-building session that gradually increases in intensity over the span of a month.

Memory Recall Games

Give your short-term memory a workout with free online memory games (matching games, crossword puzzles and Sudoku) created by the BrightFocus Foundation. You'll forget you're doing something great for your memory because you'll be too busy having fun (no pun intended).

Sharpening Your Memory Need Not Involve Gadgets

While the aforementioned memory-boosting tips involve technology (either a tablet, computer or smartphone), there are low-tech options, too. Working puzzles or crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble or chess, and even reading books all boost memory. Each time you return to your book after a break, your brain will be challenged to recall what you read previously.

Additionally, research shows that learning a new skill (any new skill) can help you maintain a sharp memory by strengthening the connections between different parts of your brain. If you've always wanted to learn how to quilt, play a musical instrument or use a computer, why not get started now? You'll enjoy yourself, expand your horizons and improve your memory to boot!

 

Games and new activities are best enjoyed with others. If you're a senior or loved one of a senior who is considered transitioning to senior living in Arkansas, we invite you to contact us at Brookfield Assisted Living. We would love to show you around our vibrant, activity community of seniors!