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Memory Games That Are Fun for the Whole Family

>> Nov 15, 2017

There's nothing worse than driving to work, only to realize that you've accidentally left your ID badge at home. We seem to start forgetting things more and more often with age, from car keys to important birthdays. This is no coincidence. As early as age 20 our cognitive capacity begins to deteriorate, especially when it comes to short-term memory.

Working memory, or short-term memory, holds information in your mind for a short period as you complete a task. It’s what allows us to remember a phone number as we type it in, or remember what items we need at the supermarket. As you get older, however, the amount of information that you can store in this space grows smaller. Once you reach your senior years, your working memory functions at just a fraction of what it did in its younger years.

While there’s no way to prevent aging, it is possible to slow the process down. Sleeping, eating right, and working out all help to keep the body firing on all cylinders, both mentally and physically. You can also boost your working memory by engaging in mental exercises each day. While this might sound like a chore, it doesn’t have to be. It’s easy to turn your brain-training sessions into a game night that’s fun for the whole family. Not only are mental training exercises beneficial to seniors, but they can also help kids to improve their performance at school and for parents to function better at work.

Brain-Training Apps

In this world of tablets and smartphones, it’s rare that we find ourselves without access to a screen. You can find countless fun apps designed to stimulate your mind and improve your memory. While some games are designed to be single-player, you can also find apps that include a multiplayer mode. 

Not all brain-training apps are equally effective at improving working memory. There is only one type of game style that’s been shown time and time again to help boost cognitive capacity. “Dual n-back” games give your memory an intense workout by forcing you to concentrate and keep track of intricate patterns for prolonged periods of time.

Card and Board Games

Always a classic, card and board games are an excellent way to stimulate your brain in the company of loved ones. Games that rely on visual memory are particularly good at helping to sharpen short-term mental skills, including family favorites such as Uno, Go Fish, Battleship, and more. These games are easy enough for young players to grasp but complicated enough to give your brain a quality workout.

Another time-tested classic, puzzles of all varieties can help you to expand your mental capacity. Traditional puzzles not only work out your visual memory but also help to build your concentration. If you're into wordplay, you can get the family to help out with puzzles such as crosswords and word searches, or for families with older children, challenge everyone to a Sudoku competition. Better yet, puzzles are cheap and portable, so you can bring the fun with you wherever you go.

Improving your working memory as you grow older doesn’t have to be a solitary activity. You can make things a little bit more exciting by getting the whole family involved and turning your brain-training exercises into games that are fun for all age groups.

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