When visiting your loved one here at Arizona Homestead, we recommend planning an activity. Not only will this fill your visit with fun, but it’s also a creative way to inspire your family member to think critically. Memory games are among the best options to lightheartedly stimulate mental health while enjoying each other’s presence.
A memory game can be any activity that encourages its players to activate their brains. Of course, you should opt for the best choice according to your loved one’s capabilities. To help you out, we’ve listed the top memory game ideas you can plan while visiting a loved one in assisted living from least to most challenging.
1. Arts and Crafts
The most basic option of all memory games, arts and crafts stimulates the imagination while demanding the dexterity of the hands. It’s a playful and easy approach to expressing imagination while keeping engaged in the present moment.
Charades can be as simple or challenging as you choose. To keep things light for your loved one, stick to basic categories with plenty of hints.
3. Board Games
Board games like Scrabble and Clue offer a fun way to think critically with a healthy dose of laughs and competition. Players need to solve the problem that the games present. Meanwhile, they serve as a great way to bond and connect.
Trivia is an excellent way to connect with seniors, as it provides a fun opportunity for them to remember the pop culture of their past. A good game of trivia can activate their memories while providing a chance to reminisce on their glory days.
5. Jigsaw Puzzles
In addition to pushing the mind to remember facts, jigsaw puzzles require problem-solving skills and strategies that activate both the left and right sides of the brain. They’ve even been proven to prevent neurocognitive disorders over the long term.
Chess demands critical thinking skills like no other game. It requires its players to remember previous moves while anticipating the next ones. The strategy involved in chess is tough for anyone, which is why we consider it the hardest of all memory games.
At Arizona Homestead, our goal is to “raise the standard of excellence in all aspects of assisted living care.” Our caregivers provide comprehensive care, including medication management, safe work practices, quality of life management, and memory care. Additionally, we offer specialized care for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or stroke diagnoses. For more information on how we can help your family, call us or fill out a form online.