Brain Teasers

When was the last time you added some variety to your brain fitness routine? Most people find something they enjoy such as reading, playing cards, certain types of puzzles or more active pastimes and leave it at that. Not only does varying that routine increase your cognitive stimulation but it has the potential to increase your socialization opportunities and expand your conversation topics.

Take the challenge with a wide variety of word games certain to give you activities you have probably never done before.   Brain Teasers includes 100 different activities as well as additional memory strategies and tips on how to upgrade your current memory fitness routine. There are 5 different sections and each divider page provides helpful suggestions.

Some activities will be quite easy but here is a tip to increase the challenge to your brain. Since using your non-dominant hand stimulates the opposite side of your brain, try printing the answers with your other hand. Within a short time you will be surprised to see how legible your letters have become. You will also notice how filling in the answers in your daily crossword puzzle with the other hand makes it just a bit more challenging. If that is not challenging enough, put the letters in the puzzle by filling in the last letter first and move backwards! Just a few simple ways to upgrade your current routine.

For those activities that are different from what you prefer, approach them with a positive attitude. Feel free to look at the answer page so you can learn the process needed to solve the items. If something is challenging, wait awhile then come back to it, try again or do it with another person. Enjoy the process of developing a new skill. Adding variety that appeals to you is important when it comes enhancing the quality of your days while boosting your brain power.

Activity professionals and speech-language pathologists find that providing a few extra cues allows these activities to be possible for a wider variety of skill levels. Many of my patients with milder dementia or Alzheimer’s disease enjoy doing them with family, friends or care partners once those extra cues are provided. Make copies of a page and do it together. Sometimes coming back to a page again is much easier once the format and problem solving strategies are more familiar.

Brain Teasers is part of a Memory Fitness Toolkit which includes Walking the Path to Memory Fitness One Week at a Time. This is popular starter book for attendees of my Keep Your Brain Sharp programs. Learning the keys to memory fitness will help you to see how not only brain games but attitude and paying attention along with lifestyle choices need to become part of your overall plan for successful aging and memory fitness.

Another fun product is Brain Teasers, part of the Reminiscence Puzzles of the 20th Century series. Enjoy a walk down memory lane and  share some of those interesting  recollections from earlier years while working with 5 different word games.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.  Walt Disney

Additional resources:
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eep Your Brain Fit blog series highlighting products
Also a training on Creating, Modifying and Expanding Your Memory Fitness Program

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 (www.memoryfitnessmatters.com) and Communication Connection(www.connectionsincommunication.com). 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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