Challenge Your Brain: Complete the Sequences

How often do look at a different activity outside your normal brain fitness routine? Sometimes it may not interest you or perhaps it seems like it is too hard, or maybe not enough of a challenge.

Enjoy the variety of word and number games that will be shared in the upcoming weeks. Consider doing it with another person. If it is easy for you, show someone else by walking them through the steps. Look at the answer sheet if you want to get the hint you might need to continue. Remember you are not in school, there is no grade and the purpose is to give your brain the opportunity to do something new. Who knows? This little sample activity may appeal to you and open you up to considering something you had not considered before.

Here are a few sample letter sequences:

P Q R S T __ This sequence proceeds in alphabetical order. Answer is “U”

t u u v w w __ This sequence goes in alphabetical order, doubling every other letter. Answer is “x”

Complete these sequences:
1. C E H  __
2. Q P O    P O N    O N M      __ __ __
3. A D    E H    IL     __  __
4.  G H I    L K J    M N O     __ __ __
5.  L L M N O    L M M N O    L M N N O    __ __ __ __ __

How did you do? Look at the answers for hints if needed. This week look for a new type of puzzle to change up your routine.  If you do not have a set routine, consider exploring some possibilities.

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein

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About Kathryn Kilpatrick

Kathryn Kilpatrick received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1968 from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of settings, primarily in Ohio, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and for decades in the area of home health care. Kathryn is president of Memory Fitness Matters ( and Communication Connection( She offers memory coaching for all ages and has a geriatric consulting practice. She is a national motivational speaker and author of more than 30 products to enhance communication and connection as well as a Memory Fitness Toolkit. Kathryn brings her decades of experience as a speech-language pathologist to all those wanting to enhance their quality of life, particularly when there are communication, memory and cognitive challenges. Her websites offer information on a wide variety of topics related to elder care concerns as well as memory fitness and successful aging.
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