Games are a great reason to get together and enjoy social interaction, which is especially important for seniors with dementia. Some games are even used as treatment for cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. These games stimulate cognitive function and encourage neural connection among seniors with varying stages of dementia. In fact, game playing is even known to slow the progression of dementia. Here are some fun and effective brain games that come recommended by providers of senior home care in Wallingford.
This fun dice and word game will help get the synapses firing. Players roll dice to get a set of random letters and have a certain amount of time to write down or say as many words as they can make out of those letters. The ability to manipulate the dice to form words help seniors still think critically and recall familiar words. Likewise, the game can be adapted for those with more advanced dementia by letting players turn the dice to other letters or giving them unlimited amounts of time to create words. Helping seniors remember words strengthens their vocabulary skills and helps with overall communication.
Rory’s Story Cubes
If your senior loved one is creative and loves telling stories, consider getting some of these story cubes. The cubes can be rolled like dice and provide a basic framework for making up a simple story based on the pictures shown on the cubes. Seniors with dementia will appreciate the framework already being there for a story and can build on that foundation. Seniors with moderate or severe dementia can use Rory’s Story Cubes to remember some of their own stories to share with friends and family.
Matching games can help strengthen and test a senior’s memory. Even brains affected by dementia are able to make new memory connections. Games that encourage matching and association gives the brain a chance to do that by challenging the senior to remember which picture goes with another card. For seniors with more advanced dementia, use fewer cards, maybe as few as four, to help them experience the same benefits.
For seniors willing to get into the digital age, Guitar Hero can be a fun and adventurous option since it challenges players to watch the screen and copy what they see on TV by pressing certain keys. Additionally, music is very therapeutic, so seniors may enjoy the chance to make some while playing this game. If you don’t have a video game console, try using app versions of the game such as Tap Tap Revenge that work on a tablet. Encourage your senior loved one to compete against friends or even the grandkids for some social interaction while playing.
Cognitive stimulation is the cornerstone of caring for seniors with mental disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. With help from Home Care Assistance, your loved one will not only receive mental stimulation from our expertly trained caregivers, but also emotional support and companionship. Our mission is to provide seniors with comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s home care Wallingford families can rely on to ensure seniors meet the challenges of their disorders in the familiarity of home. To learn more about our services, call us today at 203-444-8575 and speak with a compassionate Care Manager about schedule a free in-home consultation.