Our MindMatters Program Coordinator Joni announces her Top 10 Gifts to Give the Older Adults in Your Life!
10. Link 26 This is a great word skills game that several people can play. There are 26 letter tiles and 100 category cards. Pick a category card like “Things that Make Music.” Then draw a letter and come up with a word that makes music starting with that letter. So, if you drew the letter “G,” you could say “Guitar.” Then, the next player has to come up with another music maker that starts with the last letter of the previous word, like “Radio.” Easy to adapt and when you no longer can make a word, choose a new category card.
9. Qwirkle A subtle strategy and visual perception game. Add tiles of the same symbol or color to create rows of six. A great game for family members of all ages. Qwirkle is a multi-award winner that will activate your brain’s temporal, parietal and frontal lobes as you play.
8. Ogosport Disks Whether seated or standing, folks like playing with these lightweight easy to use disks that have a koosh ball so it can be played inside. Ogosport Disks provides hours of adaptable entertainment while boosting concentration and hand-eye coordination. Good exercise to relieve stress while encouraging group play. Fun will be had by all.
7. Square Up Discovered this game while it was being played by an 80-year old woman in a retirement community. She was really into it and quite competitive. It can be used as either a solo or two-player tile-sliding game. Shake the cube to determine the colors and then align the bright colored tiles accordingly. Reminiscent of the sliding puzzles of days of yore.
6. Path Words For the word search and Jumble players. This is a great word finding game for individuals however can also be played by two cooperatively. 40 progressive challenges in a book kept inside the game board so you cannot easily skip to the answers. Using specific size pieces to cover and spell a word either forward or backward.
5. Marbles Brain Games A wonderful compilation of puzzles, word challenges, and visual exercises. The brain hungers for variety and while we age we need to do more of this in order to keep it all working. Good collection of challenges for someone who wants to hone their skills or obtain new ones.
4. Dizios A twist on the domino game with colorful tiles. Take turns placing down the glossy, colorful tiles with matching edges to create a flowing piece. Along the way, you’ll refine visual perception skills and improve your brain’s ability to distinguish colors. Easy challenge for those who want to succeed and have a pleasant game playing experience.
3. Keep Your Brain Alive If you or the gift recipient is concerned about aging and their memory, this is the easy to read book. This condensed how to book has 83 neurobic exercises that can be applied to one’s everyday life, without drastically changing your life, while still reaping benefits of doing new things daily. A good stocking stuffer for Mom, Dad or Grandparents. It will only turn them onto brain health and awareness.
2. Marbles Good Thinking Kit Over 100 activities to help improve your memory, critical thinking, coordination, visual perception and word skills. An all-around good brain health kit that keeps on giving every day. Doing a variety of new activities is good for the brain while it is aging. This is the deck of cards that gives your loved one the opportunity to thrive. Fun for the whole family too.
1. Dakim Brain Fitness Software Excellent software that is pleasant and challenging at the same time. Designed and geared for folks who are 60+. Easy-to-use interface, engaging content that features vibrant imagery, videos, music, humor, storytelling, and sophisticated game formats with new brain games installed almost every night.