10 Feb 20210 Comments
You’re walking regularly, lifting weights to build strength and improve your balance, and even setting aside time to relax and meditate.While all of this is essential to fueling and nurturing your brain, is it getting all the stimulation it’s craving? How about challenging your brain on a regular basis to help your thinking speed, ability to focus and simply have some fun!
With plenty of brain-training apps and games available on both iPhone and Android smartphones, here are some of our top picks:
TRAIN YOUR BRAIN (Senior Games)
This free app, suitable for users of almost any age, offers an assortment of puzzles, word searches and games to give your memory a workout. There are five categories, each one associated with a different cognitive area: memory, attention, reasoning, coordination and visuospatial skills. The challenges get more difficult as you progress.
With more than 50 games, the Lumosity collection focuses on improving memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking speed. This app is subscription-based with a free trial.
Try the NeuroNation brain game app, with its challenges, multiple difficulty levels, metrics, and personalization. There’s a paid subscription option which gives access to new courses and exercises, as well as customer support.
Designed to improve attention, processing speed, memory, math skills, and more, this app has personalized programs that adjust over time to maximize results. Elevate was developed by education experts and is a Google Editor’s Choice app in the brain training category. The basic option is free, but most features are available through the paid subscription.
BRAINHQ (From PositScience)
BrainHQ, developed and based on neurological science research, is a training system designed to improve perception, memory, problem-solving, and decision-making. Free exercises are available, but most features require a subscription.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE (Free Play)
This classic Emmy-winning word game show is a ton of fun. The options include challenging friends and family through Facebook and you may even win prizes.
ROLL THE BALL® (BitMango)
This is a classic tile puzzle with a modern twist. The task is to move the sliding tiles to unblock a path for the ball to roll to the exit. Starting with easy levels, the game progresses to much more challenging ones. Free, but has a paid option without ads.
It’s never too late to learn how to play this ancient brain booster. This app, from the top chess website, allows you to play, solve puzzles and learn techniques for free.
It’s important to note that while brain-training apps may be moderately effective in improving memory, there isn’t any substantial evidence they can prevent or slow cognitive decline.