Use it…or Lose it.

Games improve seniors brainWe have talked here on many occasions about the necessity to keep the gray matter active.  And by gray matter I do not mean the stuff on top of our heads that back in the day was a vibrant color, I am talking about your brains.

Here in an earlier post we outline many different ways to help our aging loved one’s brain stay as active as possible.  Being a family caregiver for an aging parent is not always fun but there are tools available that will assist you in providing in home senior care.

While dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are as of yet, curable there are ways to slow down and even deal with the symptoms of these debilitating afflictions.  We even produced a couple of videos dealing with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and answering some questions that you might have.  Both the blog post and the video are worth viewing as a companion to this post.

I have also written about how family members are using today’s technology to bring some joy to their aging parents lives.  In this video a family member uses an i-Pad to bring back the joy of reading to her parent who has advanced glaucoma.

Now there is Lumosity (and yes I did spell it correctly).  Lumosity now has the world’s largest and fastest growing database on human cognition.

Cognition literally means “to know”.  Knowledge can be thought of as memories formed from the manipulation and assimilation of raw input , perceived via our senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.

Can you see how this ties into what we observe in our aging parents and dementia?  How it sadden us when talking with our parents and they cannot come up with a word that is “on the tip of their tongue”.

Lumosity might be able to help. 

There is a free version which I am doing now and would be a good starting place for you and your aging loved.  The paid version has more statistics, analysis, games as you would expect.  The most expensive program of the paid version is the month to month plan which is currently $14.95 a month.  If you sign up for a year it drops to $6.70 a month.  Affordable on any budget.

But try the free version first to see if it will work for you.Brain games for the elderly

Each day after you log in you will have the opportunity to play five different games.

The games are different each day and are designed to test and improve functions of the brain that deal with memory, speed, problem solving, attention and flexibility.  The games are quite simple with fun graphics and animations and are really just a hoot to play.

They do require keyboard and or mouse utilization and if your aging loved one’s manual dexterity and coordination are not what they used to be then you can be their partner.  These are games that you can play as a team and I guarantee you will get a lot of laughs out of them.

Here is a comment from their website:

“In 2007, we learned that my mother had early onset Alzheimer’s. I joined Lumosity at first for my mother. I now use this site not only for her, but for my brain as well.”

Heather L., Daughter

You can set goals, track your daily progress, see how you measure up against others and many other processes.

Lumosity boasts that 97% of users improve and with just 10 hours of Lumosity training can create drastic improvements.

Seniors improve with gamesLumosity is based on the science of neuroplasticity, which isyour brain’s ability to strengthen and grow. Loads of research papers have been published on Lumosity’s effectiveness—and with its ongoing research collaborations, Lumosity continues to improve its ability to change your brain.

So give this a try.  With the research I have done on dementia and Alzheimer’s I know that the brain can, to a certain extent, rewire itself and learn new operations.  An old dog can really learn new tricks.

If you have tried this tell us about it in the comments below.

 

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