Boost Brainpower: Eight Games For Better Mental Agility

Give Your Brain a Workout!

Staying physically fit is important for seniors in Northern Ohio but keeping the mind active matters just as much. Memory exercises improve retention, focus, and problem-solving, targeting different areas of the brain like workouts do for muscles. Through Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services, we are dedicated to keeping those we serve sharp - especially when we can have fun and build relationships in the process! That is why we have gathered eight engaging memory games that fit our lifestyle. Read on and let’s play!


Jigsaw Puzzles

Solving jigsaw puzzles can enhance visual-spatial skills and improve problem-solving abilities. Connecting pieces of different shapes and colors test patience and sharpens an individual’s eye for detail. Jigsaw puzzles often depict picturesque landscapes that showcase Northern Ohio's rich history and natural beauty. From the rolling prairies to the scenic Great Lakes, there are many options to choose from that can be both entertaining and educational.

Simon Says

Playing Simon Says, a classic childhood game, encourages active listening and short-term memory. It is a fun way to exercise one’s ability to follow instructions accurately while encouraging quick thinking and coordination. Partner up with a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver and give it a try!


Answering trivia questions is a great way for seniors to test their knowledge of different subjects, while also learning new facts and improving memory. Looking for a topic? Consider exploring Northern Ohio's history, geography, and local culture. Challenge friends, family, or a caregiver to a few rounds and see who wins the title of ultimate trivia champ! Here is a question to get the game started: What is the second-longest river in the United States?? (The answer is the Mississippi River!)

Crossword Puzzles or Sudoku

Completing crossword puzzles and Sudoku challenges vocabulary, logic, and problem-solving skills. Tricky brain teasers promote mental agility and are a delightful, accessible way to keep the mind sharp and active.

Word Recall

Word Recall is a fun game that involves remembering and reciting words. To start the game, pick a word. Next, each player takes turns adding a new word that begins with the last letter of the previous word. For example, if the first word is "apple," the next could be "elephant," and so on. This simple game is an engaging way to improve language processing and recall.

Chess or Checkers

Challenge a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver to a game of chess or checkers! Strategy games demand critical thinking, planning, and foresight. Playing a few rounds hones analytical skills and enhances concentration and decision-making abilities -- all from the comfort of home.

Name That Tune

How well do you or your senior loved one know your favorite songs? Our clients can test their music knowledge with this enjoyable recall game. To get started, have a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver play a few seconds of a song and try to guess the title and who sings it. Studies show that music can stimulate the part of the brain responsible for memory and emotion. Not to mention, hearing familiar tunes can also bring back positive feelings of nostalgia.

Memory Tray

Improve short-term memory using items found around the house. Participants will need a partner for this one -- a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver makes the perfect teammate! Start by asking them to place some items on a tray or tabletop. Study the pieces for a minute or two and then have them remove the objects. Afterward, try to recall as many items as possible. This game is an interactive way to challenge attention, concentration, and visual-spatial abilities.

Whether trying to recall popular songs or playing a round of Simon Says, these enjoyable activities do more than entertain—they sharpen seniors’ cognitive abilities! Acting as more than just mental workouts, they offer moments of social connection and an opportunity to explore Northern Ohio’s heritage. Coupling these brain-boosting activities with the support of Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services empowers our clients to relish each day and make the most of the golden years.