When diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the impact on you or a loved one may be difficult to initially accept this. However, you are not alone. According to research studies from Alzheimer’s Disease International, in 2017, an estimated 50 million others will also seek support. At this time, you may want to consider activities that would help elevate your mood, enhance your memory and remind you that there are solutions available to help you cope. Our favourite? Interactive games! Here are our top suggestions to keep you focused and smiling.
Monopoly: There have been tales about Monopoly bringing family and friends apart, but think of it as healthy competition instead! Grab your loved ones for a fun night of real estate drama. Through problem-solving skills involving basic mathematics, negotiation and considering what is the best course of action in your upcoming moves, Monopoly is sure to bring laughs for everyone involved. You may also be able to answer the question: Could winning involve a game of luck or knowing how to buy property?
Chess: A game of chess is perfect for two. Envision you and a loved one enjoying a quiet afternoon of this memory-enhancing game, catching up about your lives. Your ability to think logically by considering the rules of the game and strategising what your moves will be, will push for memory retention. While the goal might be to capture the Queen, it is all about using your short-term memory skills to bring you closer to this task. Thus, consider it a double win, if you can get through the battlefield against horses, towers and powerful knights and strategise according to the rules and the best game plan.
Scrabble: The older we get, the more words we obtain in our memories, which we use to describe our thoughts and engage in discussion. Scrabble is the type of game that would exercise what words you do know, what you could work with and how creative you can be. No need for a dictionary, because you do have all these wonderful and weird words etched in your mind – all you have to do is remember as much as possible.
Bingo: Let’s face it, a game like bingo is rewarding, fun to play among friends and pushes you to think quickly on your feet! Bingo the perfect game to help you recall numbers and letters under pressure. Consider this a healthy way for you to keep your brain stimulated. When your brain achieves this constant stimulation, it prevents the mental decline you experience with Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, you are keep tracking of hand-eye coordination, thus continuing to challenge you brain through multi-tasking. With a belly full of laughs, time well spent with loved ones and the chances to maybe win a prize… Bingo could be the right kick you need to boost your cognitive abilities.
Word Search Puzzles: If you’re the type of person who would prefer to engage in these activities in solitude, why not consider a word search puzzle? Word search puzzles can be cognitively stimulating activity, as your job is to make sure that you find as many words presented to you, scattered in the form of a puzzle. This rewarding memory game feels like a treasure hunt, and you can explore the best ways to locate them.
As you may require a lot of concentration and read the details of what you are playing, your brain is guaranteed to keep those cognitive wheels in motion. If you would like to recommend a game that has helped you or a loved one enhance and perverse your memory, share your suggestions with us.