Chess can be played on a phone or computer, or with a friend. A game of strategy, it also uses memory recall and planning because remembering the opponent’s previous moves and looking ahead are necessary. Computer chess games offer the ability to change the difficulty mode, working your residents’ brain.
Mahjong can enhance short-term memory, much like jigsaw and Sudoku puzzles. Online play allows residents to increase or decrease the difficulty of the puzzle. This numbers game is loved by young and old alike. Available as both physical puzzles on paper and digital versions, this brain-enhancing game is customizable based on ability.
Jigsaw puzzles are great for memory care, as they cause the puzzle solver to recall small details, such as where they saw colors, details of buildings or structures, and other pieces of graphics in the puzzle so they can successfully complete the picture. Another added benefit is applying puzzle glue to solved puzzles and using them as wall art!
This game can be played in a few different ways. While there is a game with different pictures, concentration can be played with a simple deck of cards. You can also find online versions of this game. The idea is to find two items or cards that match, then to set them aside, removing them from the game. If a match isn’t found, the cards or pictures are placed face down and still in play. Using a timer adds additional difficulty to the game.
Sudoku is based on numbers, and as opposed to crosswords, may offer easier solving. Only using zero through nine, this game may be easier for residents than puzzles that require words. Like other puzzles in this article, residents can play this game on paper or online.
Words With Friends
If your residents are Scrabble fans, they might also enjoy Words With Friends. This game invokes memory recall of vocabulary. Boggle also does the same, challenging users to move around letters to form words with the highest score. Moving around letters to form words is a great way to exercise the brain!
We hope your residents enjoy playing these games to improve their memory, as well as participating in the engagement activities we shared in our June 2023 newsletter.