For many seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, not being able to enjoy some of the things they once loved to do can be frustrating. Playing games and keeping your elderly loved one mentally active is one way to help him or her feel successful and find a sense of purpose. The staff at Naples Home Care Assistance has assembled this list of fun games to help stimulate the brain.
Bingo enjoyed by everyone, and is an appropriate game for seniors not in the last stages of Alzheimer’s, as severe cognitive decline may limit the ability to participate. Bingo is not only fun, but it can also increase alertness and awareness since it requires distinguishing the colors and shapes on the cards.
2. Computer Games
The Internet has a variety of games seniors with Alzheimer’s disease can play, such as Smart brain, which provides stimulation to attention and memory. Nintendo and Posit Science make similar products(Brain Age and Brain Fitness, respectively) that have also proven to be therapeutic for those with Alzheimer’s.
3. Picture Games
Picture games can be a great way to stimulate the memory by reminiscing. To play this game, print out various pictures of familiar images and place them on the table upside down, taking turns naming a specific picture for other players to find (naturally, not all players of the game need to have Alzheimer’s). This can help trigger conversations and emotions that help improve memory.
4. Memory Cards
Memory card games can help jog the memory of seniors in their early stages of Alzheimer’s by recollecting different things and people through trivia or images. These games can also help improve concentration and hand-eye coordination. Some examples you can play with your loved one include What’s Missing? and Trivial Pursuit.
5. Taste Testing
The point of this game is to not only have fun, but to help evoke your loved one’s memories through taste and smell. This can be a chance to bring your family and friends together to tell stories, have fun, and share in some laughter, with everyone working toward triggering your loved one’s memory. Some of the foods you could use for the tasting game are chocolate, familiar holiday treats or family recipes, various flavors of tea, or fruit salads.
Games can be helpful in stimulating cognition, but if your senior loved one is in an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s, he or she may require additional care. For dementia and Alzheimer’s care Naples families trust, turn to Home Care Assistance. In addition to our hourly care services, we specialize in live-in care with an emphasis on promoting independence, stimulating cognitive functions, and creating a positive environment while maximizing safety. For more information on the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an activities-based program for seniors with memory related conditions, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at (239) 449-4701 to schedule a free in-home consultation.