Scientific studies have long touted the fact that an active brain is a better brain; simply challenging our brains every day with puzzles books may just be enough to stave off some of the effects of aging. At the very least, studies have shown that stretching and challenging the brain actually causes the regeneration of neurons – that’s brain power to you and me.
I’m not saying that working a crossword or a trivia game is going to keep Grandma from dementia, but, it just may delay the onset or the deterioration of the disease. But, if there’s even a chance that she will be engaged for a while in a fun project, what’s there to lose?
The below brainteasers are some of the very best books I could find that will interest an elderly loved one. Why not stick around and work one of these puzzle books with your senior citizen friend – the time spent will be just as valuable to them as finishing one of these games.
399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young.Brain Games #1: Lower Your Brain Age in Minutes a Day (Brain Games (Numbered))The Total Brain Workout: 450 Puzzles to Sharpen Your Mind, Improve Your Memory & Keep Your Brain FitThe Big Book of Brain Games: 1,000 PlayThinks of Art, Mathematics & Science
Logic puzzles are another good brain exercise although, depending on the ability of your senior citizen friend, they may become frustrating. That’s an even better reason to stick around and work these brain game exercises together:
Pocket Posh Logic: 100 PuzzlesMy Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles (Dover Recreational Math)Puzzle Baron’s Logic PuzzlesChallenging Logic Puzzles (Mensa®)mental_floss Logic Puzzles: Extra-Sweet Puzzles with a Cherry on Top
Up until about 2 weeks before my darling mother’s death, I used her brain instead of mine to do math. She and my dad owned a liquor store for 58 years; she was a walking calculator! Mom would have loved some of these math puzzle books: