Some studies show that brain games may help keep your brain healthy and active as we age. After all, we work hard to keep our bodies fit, so why wouldn’t we do the same for our brains?
Biologically, our brains reach peak performance between the ages of 16-25. Thereafter, cognitive function declines. This may seem like bad news, but it doesn’t have to be. Our brains will remain as active as we push them to be. And one very popular trick to doing this, as of recently, is brain games. Here are our favorites:
• Lumosity. This is a popular mobile application that you can download on your phone (iOS or Android). It hosts a variety of games that track your progress based on these main goals: memory, attention, problem solving, processing speed and flexibility of thinking. Each game is played against the clock, tracks your performance and can even weigh it against others in your age demographic.
• Personal Zen. Dr. Dennis and other researchers from Hunter College and City University of New York developed this game in order to help reduce anxiety and focus more on the positives in life. The theory is that the habit of thinking about the world more positively is a powerful way to promote our own resilience in life.
• Fit Brains Trainer. This mobile application has more than 360 unique games and puzzles aimed at stretching and improving your mental agility through a variety of tasks. As you progress, sessions get harder and more challenging to provide you with a solid brain workout. You can keep track of your progress, too!
If you are surfing the Internet, you can also go on www.youtube.com and search for brain games as well. There are tons to keep your brain busy all day every day. If you are not too familiar with mobile applications or surfing the Internet, seek guidance from your kids and grandkids so you can take advantage of the technology you already have.
Of course, you can’t rely on brain games alone to maximize your brain health. Simple activities like socializing with friends, reading a book or learning a new language have all also shown to be effective in keep your brain healthy. Remember, if you are experiencing abnormal memory loss or other similar symptoms, consult with your doctor to rule out any more serious conditions.
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