Brain Exercise in the Winter
Taking part in an activity that is fun and thought provoking improves a senior’s quality of life. Many studies support the connection between lifestyle and dementia risk – finding that following a brain-healthy lifestyle and performing regular, targeted brain exercises can also increase a brain’s cognitive reserve.
In the cold, often dreary days of winter, being constrained to indoor activities is a great chance to get some good mental stimulation by doing a crossword puzzle! Research supports the many benefits of doing crossword puzzles:
- The Alzheimer’s Association recommends picking up the crossword habit to help stave off dementia
- Improve verbal skills
- Problem solving
- Identify patterns
- Trivia buffs love it!
Here is a link to a website with free large print crossword puzzles older adults will appreciate.
Of course, there are also crossword puzzles found in daily newspapers and countless books that are all about crossword puzzles. If the senior in your life loves a good brain challenge, engage them with a good crossword puzzle!