Get Your Game On: It’s Not Just For Teenagers Anymore

Remember that video game that your grandchild just had to have last year for his/her birthday? Well, guess what? Many of these same video games have been shown to increase memory and mental sharpness in aging seniors! So, go harness your inner child and pick up the latest and greatest intricate video games to keep your mind on it’s game.

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It has been no mystery as of late that more and more video games have been coming out specifically designed to improve cognitive abilities in senior citizens. Memory games like Bejeweled, Peggle, and Brain Age have been very successful in reaching their target audience. These games test multiple aspects of the mind including memory, recall, sharpness, and more. What about those games that seem to be “rotting away” the world’s youth. Games like World of Warcraft, Wii Sports, and many first-person driving games have all been shown to improve mental acuity. Check out more about the World of Warcraft study in this great article from CBS News.

What is the common denominator in these games? Strategy. The intensive planning, strategizing, and calculation of these games provides a true test for the mind, while still keeping the “fun” factor high by using extraordinary motion graphics, animation, and interactivity. Sports centered games, like those found on Nintendo’s Wii, can also provide exercise benefits as well. So, on that next rainy day you should have no excuse! Pick up a new video game and beat your boredom while doing something good for your mind and body!