Dementia is disruptive but memory interactive games can help

Written by on December 16, 2016 in Features with 0 Comments

DementiaIf you have to yet had to deal with a loved one suffering dementia the chances are you probably will at some time in the future. For those that are currently dealing with it the following information may help.

There is absolutely no doubt that there is a huge difference between the mental capacity of a person dealing with dementia and a normal functioning person. Stimulation of brain is extremely significant in order to have a healthy mind that can function properly according to our daily tasks.

Although dementia is a progressive disease with no cure as yet, engaging in activities that help patients stimulate their brain cells can help. Stimulation through different activities can keep the brain active, helping it to work better, as well as faster.

Not only are brain-stimulating activities healthy, but they also help patients pass their time. Idle sitting time is not really good for anyone as it give you time to think about all the negative things or difficulties that you face. Free time is sometimes relaxing, but a lot of free time is a warning.

A great activity can be Memory Interactive Gaming for patients because it has a lot benefits, for example, it:

  • Passes time
  • Stimulates brain cells
  • Promotes strategic thinking
  • Enables memory formation
  • Keeps away depressing thoughts
  • Ties the patient to reality
  • Improves the patient’s mood
  • Reduces feeling of worthlessness
  • Allows patient to socialize – if the game is multiplayer.

It battles one of the deadliest symptom of dementia, which is memory loss. The main purpose of these games is to make our brain sharp and help patients to form more memories instead of losing more memories in fragments day by day. Here is a list of online and offline memory interactive games that your loved ones can enjoy – and you can join in too!

Online games are easily accessible, can be used on any device, anywhere. You can be in bed, or out on the patio, it really doesn’t matter.

Braincurls.com

This website houses hundreds of ‘brain curling’ games that can allow patients to exercise their brains by solving puzzles and other brain building activities. Their website includes games like:

  • Memory Q’s: is a free online memory test based on whether visual or sound cues improve short-term memory.
  • Face Time: improving memory of remembering names by matching names to their familiar faces. (Tip: You can create this game yourself at home in two possible ways.
  1. Cut out a piece of cardboard, decorate it with some colorful craft paper. Print out photographs of your loved ones including all the distant relatives and childhood friends etc. Write down each person’s name on a separate small piece of card paper. Finally, place pictures on the cardboard, a few at a time, and ask the person to place-name cards accordingly.
  2. If you are into programming and developing software, then why not give it a try yourself? Developing a basic game is not as hard as other software like those of more complex features such as a medical billing software. However, it is becoming easier and to make apps of your own because of online learning platforms available that can teach you programming languages like Python very easily.

Grandparentsgames.com

Grandparent games are a great way to keep grandparents and their grandchildren connected even if they are in separate corners of the world. They also have iPhone and iPad apps in which the user can count jumping monkeys, build words, and much more.

FreeRice.com

This website lets you play an English vocabulary game in which you will be given an easy word for which the objective is to select best meanings for the given words. The website claims “for each answer you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme to help end hunger.”

Board games or flash cards are another way of stimulating the brain cells and improving your focus altogether. They are inexpensive and a great way for the family to bond with the patient.

Qwirkle

This interactive game consists of many colorful tiles, each tile has one shape and color on it. There are no specific rules for playing this game, all the person has to do is make a strategy for how to play with different colored tiles. They can either match them according to color or their shape, or line them up in any order, the whole point being that their mind is actually processing and thinking about which tile to choose.

Shake Loose a Memory

The main objective of this game is to recall past memories according to each card that you pick up. Every card begins with “Keep this card if…” and the next part of the sentence is a memory such as “If you’ve ever had champagne. Remember celebrating weddings?” This way the patient will be able to recall many memories and have an interactive session with whomever they are playing with.

Games are a great way to bond and pass time at any age. Go ahead and try them. Enjoy!

Submitted by Audrey Throne, an associate with the BrainTest team. @audrey_throne

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