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 getting some good mental stimulation can often mean indoor activity- and that means for many crossword puzzles! Solid research supports that doing crosswords puzzles helps in many ways including:
- Prevent Dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association recommends picking up the crossword habit to help stave off dementia.
- Verbal Skills Improve
- Solve Problems with Practice
- Identify Patterns
- Trivia Buffs- get happy
Here is a link to a website with free large print crossword puzzles older adults will appreciate. http://www.qets.com/crossword_puzzles.htm.
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 with them in good crossword puzzles!