September 20th, 2023
Memory games aren’t just for kids! Seniors can strengthen their cognitive abilities and memory retention by playing them. Community members at CRISTA Senior Living enjoy cognitive-building activities that help strengthen memory. Here are five memory games that can help you engage with seniors who struggle with memory loss.
This classic game involves a deck of cards with matching pairs faced down. Players take turns flipping two cards at a time, trying to find matching pairs. It’s a fantastic way for seniors to improve their short-term memory and concentration skills. To add a personal touch, you can use cards with pictures of family members or memorable places.
This game challenges seniors to create a chain of related words. For example, start with a word like “sun,” and the next player has to think of a word related to it, such as “beach.” The game continues, and each player must remember the previous words and add a new one. It’s a fantastic memory and word-association exercise.
This classic game is not just for kids! Seniors can have a blast and enhance their memory skills with Simon Says. One person takes the role of “Simon” and issues commands like “Simon says touch your nose.” The twist is that players should only follow the command if it begins with “Simon says.” This game is excellent for memory and listening skills.
Show a group of seniors a picture for a limited time (e.g., 30 seconds) and then ask them to recall specific details or elements from the image. You can use photographs of famous landmarks, animals, or memorable events. This game challenges short-term memory and attention to detail.
Taproot Theatre holds classes for seniors with early-stage memory loss every second Tuesday of the month at Greenwood Senior Center in Seattle, WA. There is no memory requirement, just the delight of participating in a creative experience that releases the imagination while giving a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence, and social enrichment.
Remember, the key to making memory games enjoyable for seniors is to keep the atmosphere light and stress-free. Encourage friendly competition and celebrate each participant’s achievements. As seniors see improvements in their memory and cognitive abilities, they’ll be eager to keep playing these engaging games. Additionally, you can modify the games based on individual preferences and capabilities to ensure everyone can actively participate and have a great time. For more memory strengthening tips, read our blog, “7 Memory Boosting Activities for Seniors.”
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