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Did You Know Playing Games Can Help Improve the Brain Health of an Alzheimer’s Patient? Learn Why.

Three Fun Games to Improve Brain Health for Alzheimer’s Care in Richmond Hill, Ontario

There are many aspects to Alzheimer’s care that are fundamentally important. The sooner that an Alzheimer’s patient begins focusing on their care, the better it’s going to be for them over the long haul.

Focusing on brain health requires exercising the brain as much is possible. Because the brain is a muscle, like any other muscle in the body it requires exercise on a regular and consistent basis. Watching TV, watching sports, or other relatively mindless activities don’t provide much exercise for the brain at all. In fact, while watching television programs, research has shown that the brain is relatively inactive.

Watching television is a passive activity. Playing a game that requires concentration and thought, strategy and planning, is an active activity, especially for the brain.

Three Fun Games to Play

There are numerous games that the Alzheimer’s patient can play that would have positive benefits for their overall brain health. Three such games are:

  • Chess
  • Concentration
  • Scrabble

We’ll take a closer look at each of these games and explain why they are so important to brain health.


One of the most popular and oldest board games in the world is chess. This is commonly referred to as the King’s Game. It is a game played by Kings around the world throughout history.

Chess requires a significant level of concentration and planning. Most people, when they first begin to play chess, have trouble learning about the various pieces and which directions and how far they can move. Once they become more familiar and comfortable with this, they have a tendency to only think about one move that they are doing right then.

However, chess requires players to think several moves ahead and that requires a significant level of focus, strategy planning, and concentration.


The game of Concentration uses regular playing cards. Placing the cards facedown in three rows of eight and four rows of seven, the goal is to turn over to cards at a time and match up pairs. When two cars are turned over, assuming they don’t match, the player should try to remember where each card is on the table.

Concentration is best played with two or more people, but it can be played individually as a form of solitaire.


A predecessor to chess is checkers. This game requires planning and strategy, similar to chess in that the more moves ahead the player can plan, the more likely they will win.

These three fun games can be encouraged for the Alzheimer’s patient to improve their overall care and long-term prospects.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s home care services in Richmond Hill, Ontario,  please contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.

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