It’s common knowledge that even without some form of dementia, we forget things as we age. Names, places, nouns and more suddenly refuse to come to mind.
The old adage, “”If you don’t use it, you lose it,” is particularly true about the human brain. Shut-ins, those who are depressed or ill may feel alone in ways words can’t describe.
Free online games may help alleviate the depression, keep the brain sharp, and provide friendship from those playing social or group games. Although prizes aren’t available from most of the sites, a healthy brain, improved memory, happiness, and better physical health are priceless prizes in themselves. Why not buy a prize or two for your loved one when they win a game or two?
Computers aren’t as expensive as they used to be, and getting the proper internet connections is a small price to pay in order to help a loved one.
Here are five sites with free online games that will chase loneliness, depression, and helplessness out the window. Buy a game that plugs into the television or computer and play with your loved one. If Grandma beats you at tennis from a wheelchair, make a big deal out of it and give her a big trophy. She’ll love it- her happiness is priceless. You may find she needs less medication as a result. You might want to brush up on your tennis.
How Stuff Works Games
Try Mahjong, (sp), a popular game from Asia that requires sharpening memory skills. How about playing Solitaire, a long standing favorite, matching games, crossword puzzles and much more.
Play as an individual or with a group, called social games. No membership is required, and you will not receive any junk email for playing.
Membership is free, play games, and earn points for free prizes- no shipping costs are charged, ever. I play games on this site, and to date have won a new computer mouse and a great tote bag. There are scores of other prizes to win. Play any of dozens of games. Try Flexicon for crossword puzzles, and Time Capsule, a game that asks questions about history.
Play with your loved one in a challenge. Say the two of you play Flexicon. The challenge could be time. Who can solve their puzzle the fastest? Of course, all the points go to your loved one, as you will play on their account with them. This helps exercise memory, and recalling names, descriptions, etc.
Games of every genre are available to play, all for free. Try the retro-game genre, where you can play Pac Man again.
For shut-ins, try social or group games such as Fishville. You have a virtual aquarium, decorate it with friends and baby fish, which grow and have fun. Other social games include poker, drawing, pool and much more. None of these games require the purchase of any software.
You may need a free login for yahoo (if you have yahoo email, you can log in right away. Join Facebook, also free so friends can join you building your aquarium.
Cognitive games, memory, and games just for fun are free on the site. No membership is needed to play. I played Shapes and Colors. I didn’t do as well as I thought I would. I guess I need some brain exercise myself.
The AARP website has other advantages as well. Your loved one can play games with other seniors, obtain advice about staying healthy, finding doctors, money, travel and much, much more. Study the site with your loved one- you may find advice that can help you help them.
Brain Games from Prevention
Try the game Pandara’s Boutique- a game that sharpens your concentration and observation skills as you find the objects listed. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but it is a lot of fun. More games are available to help boost memory, mood and more.
The Prevention website also has advice on staying healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. All free for the asking. You don’t have to subscribe to the website or the magazine.
For more information about how games help keep the brain healthy, visit the following links.
Staying physically fit is only part of the process of aging well. Use today’s technology and free games to stay mentally fit, as well. Grandparents can play checkers, solitare, and more with grandchildren in another state- all for free.
This article is untended for diagnosis of any medical condition nor advocate or prescribe any specific medication or treatment. Always seek the advice of a licensed physician for proper diagnosis or treatment of any disease or condition.