5 brilliant mind exercises | How to help your loved one keep their brain sharp

Are you keen to discover 5 mind exercises to help keep your loved one’s brain sharp?

Like any muscle in our bodies, the brain needs plenty of exercise to stay healthy. It’s important to take part in different activities to strengthen each area, such as logic and problem-solving, creativity and memory. 

Keep reading to discover 5 of our favourite mind exercises and how they can help you:

Try Your Hand at Puzzles

A firm favourite when it comes to mind exercises is the classic puzzle. From jigsaws and sudoku to word games and toys, there are plenty of puzzles out there to try.

Completing puzzles has many benefits for the brain, including the part in charge of storing memories.

By remembering sequences needed to solve a puzzle, the short-term memory is being tested. The repetitive action allows the connections in the brain to strengthen, improving memory.

Why not spend an afternoon a week with your loved one, sharing quality time doing puzzles together? 

Building Vocabulary

Building vocabulary is another example of mind exercises. Helping to keep the mind sharp, learning and using new vocabulary can strengthen the connections in the brain.

Much like puzzles, you can build vocabulary in a myriad of ways. For example, reading a book or writing in a journal can lead to discovering new words or phrases.

Why not consider helping your loved one to engage in games such as Scrabble, Wordle and Boggle to stimulate the mind and uncover new words and their meanings?

Or, try arranging frequent conversations with friends and family members through our Sentai AI. This can allow them to put their vocabulary into practice and strengthen their communication skills.

Learning New Skills

A surefire way to provide the mind with the exercise it needs is by learning new skills.

Continued learning is a prime example of effective mind exercises, as it can improve memory, maintain brain cells and aid in brain cell communication.

From crochet and cooking to gardening and musical instruments, there are plenty of new skills to explore based on your loved one’s interests.

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To help kickstart their learning journey, why not consult an online tutorial or in-person class? This way, they can work on their skills and train their mind at a comfortable pace.

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Listen to Music and Audiobooks

Listening to music and audiobooks is another way to exercise the mind. Both enjoyable hobbies, listening to music and audiobooks hold wonderful benefits for the brain.

Listening to audiobooks results in a faster reading speed, improved accuracy and better comprehension. This aids in keeping the mind sharp, with a specific focus on memory.

Like audiobooks, listening to music can help enhance and strengthen your loved one’s brain. Key for reducing stress, music can help boost memory, reduce anxiety and increase productivity.

Ideal for older people living alone, taking the time to enjoy an audiobook or music album can be a fun activity while exercising the brain.

Teach Someone Else

Teaching somebody else is one of the most beneficial mind exercises. Perfect for those who have been learning new skills, passing them on to someone else is brilliant for enhancing brain function.

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It can help with memory recall and communication which are key processes as we get older, as well as result in increased confidence, improved understanding of the topic and offer opportunities to forge new relationships.

For more information about Sentai, please contact a member of our team.

Alternatively, why not take a look at our previous blog to discover social activities for preventing loneliness?

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