The benefits of word games on the brain | golden years


Word games continue to be popular pastimes and provide a great opportunity to engage in brain-boosting benefits.

In addition to their entertainment value, these games can provide benefits that surprise even the most dedicated blacksmiths.

  • Expand your vocabulary: Word games build vocabulary and can introduce people to new words. They can also help strengthen spelling skills.
  • Improve Concentration: Word games largely require focusing exclusively on the task at hand and employing strategy.
  • Stimulate the brain: Word games train the brain in a similar way to how physical activity trains the body.
  • Improve memory: According to WebMD, word games can help seniors avoid memory loss and possibly delay the onset of dementia. But seniors are not the only ones to benefit. Word games can improve short-term memory and cognitive abilities for people of all ages.
  • Stimulates feel-good substances: When a person is happy, the body releases endorphins, which are feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters. Healthline states that an “endorphin rush” often occurs after engaging in a fun activity. Endorphins are released by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. Playing word games can release endorphins, which can improve mood, boost self-esteem, and reduce pain and discomfort.

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Simple ways to maintain memory as you age

Sponsored by Hopes and Dreams Senior Care located in Inverness. Melissa McCabe, Owner/Administrator: Hopes & Dreams 352.400.3708 [email protected]

Adults face various age-related side effects as they transition from middle age to golden age. Skin may start to wrinkle and hair may turn gray, but these are just the visible side effects of aging. Many additional effects are invisible, but these changes can have a profound effect on adult quality of life.

According to the Mayo Clinic, various parts of the body are affected by aging. For example, the cardiovascular system changes as people age. Blood vessels and arteries stiffen as adults age, forcing the heart to work harder to pump blood through them.

Although many changes are related to aging, other changes commonly associated with aging, such as a decline in memory, reasoning, and other thinking skills, are unnatural. The Alzheimer’s Association® notes that dementia is not part of normal aging. There are many types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and these are the result of damage to brain cells that affects a person’s ability to communicate. This damage is not inevitable, although it is generally associated with aging.

Harvard Medical School notes that fleeting memory problems experienced with aging often reflect normal changes in brain structure and function. But it’s important that these changes are not confused with dementia, and it’s equally important that adults recognize that there are many ways to protect and sharpen their minds as they age.

· Keep learning. HMS notes that a higher level of education is associated with better mental functioning in old age. The reasons for this are unknown, but experts speculate that advanced education forces people to stay mentally active, which helps them maintain a strong memory. Even aging men and women who are still working in difficult fields can benefit from pursuing a new hobby or learning a new skill.

· Use the tools at your disposal. It may seem counterintuitive to suggest that organizational tools such as planners, maps, and lists can help people retain their memories. However, HMS notes that expending mental energy finding car keys or trying to remember what to buy at the store makes it harder to learn new and important things.

· Let all your senses play a part. HMS reports that the more senses a person uses to learn something, the more their brain is involved in memorization. HMS cites a study in which adults viewed a series of emotionally neutral images that were each presented with a scent. Participants were not asked to remember what they had seen, but were later shown a series of images and asked to indicate which ones they had already seen. Participants had excellent recall for the paired pictures of smells, and the researchers believe this is because additional parts of the brain were activated when participants were asked to use more than one sense.

Memory loss is not an inevitable side effect of aging, especially for adults who take steps to retain their memories as they age.

Chosen because of our unique capabilities, Hopes & Dreams offers exceptional flexibility, accessibility and reliability. We see the miracle…

With every new customer this summer, we’ll bring you an option of words and puzzles. You wouldn’t hire us for a new word book, it’s just our way of saying “thank you for letting us make your life a little easier”.

Melissa is the owner of Hopes and Dreams


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