Lower your Alzheimer’s risk

Studies have shown that keeping your brain active is one of the best ways to combat Alzheimer’s disease. A quick and easy way to achieve this is by playing games which exercise your grey matter. Below is a list of games which, if played frequently and regularly, can help to keep your mind healthy for longer.

A tried and true family favourite, crosswords are a great way to exercise the memory section of your brain. But don’t confine yourself to just one per day in the newspaper—YOURLifeChoices offers nine new crosswords every day of the week. Can you solve them all?

Contrary to popular belief, the first Sudoku puzzles were developed by the French, and later refined by an American man in the late 19th century. The Japanese name ‘Sudoku’ only came into popular usage some years later. Doing a Sudoku puzzle will work the logic and problem-solving areas of your mind, so why not make it your mind-health goal to complete one Sudoku puzzle per day? YOURLifeChoices offers a new puzzle in each difficulty level every day, so it’s a hassle-free way to kick-start the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Developed by Alzheimer’s Australia, BrainyApp is a free app for the iPhone and iPad (an Android version is on the way) specifically designed to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s. The app first tells you  how brain healthy you are, and then provides games, puzzles and exercises to help you improve the performance of your grey matter.

Lumosity is a website developed by neuroscientists to help you keep your brain healthy. Lumosity claims to enhance your memory, attention, processing speed and problem-solving skills, and by all accounts it does just that. You do have to pay for membership by the month, so watch out for hidden costs.

Maintain your brain
Maintain your brain is an online game developed by the Alzheimer’s Association to help educate you about cognitive health. It has been designed with the whole family in mind, so next time you have the family over why not sit down and play a quick game together? Improving brain health is important at any age or stage.