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Mobile Apps that Train Your Brain

By Rick Cohen, 8:00 am on

Mobile applications are an asset to senior adults who can now enhance their cognitive functioning with the swipe of a finger. The rise in popularity of online games among the senior population has also led to the development of specialized apps that are designed specifically for adults. Here are the top mobile apps that your aging loved one can use to train his or her brain, whether at home or on the go.

Fit Brains Trainer (iOS, Android and Google Play) – This free app has over 360 games available to challenge one’s cognitive skills and stretch mental agility. Each game is designed to increase in difficulty as the player progresses through each level so that they are always improving their skills. Players can also keep track of their progress and take advantage of the program’s recommendations for new challenges based upon their past performance. New challenges promote learning for seniors, which is one of the best ways to prevent memory loss according to Milwaukee dementia care experts.

Eidetic (iOS) – Unlike other mobile apps that involve playing generic games, Eidetic provides a personalized approach to enhancing one’s ability to remember specific items such as a phone number or lists of instructions. This app uses a technique called spaced repetition which simply involves challenging the player to recall information during sessions that are strategically spaced out over a period of time. Many senior adults find that it is similar to using traditional flash cards and quickly begin to retain important personal information.

Lumosity (iOS and online) – Lumosity is one of the most popular online training apps that old and young alike use to engage in mind-stimulating challenges. Players can choose which skills they wish to improve upon such as attention, speed, problem solving or memory. After taking a simple skills test, the app will then provide suggestions for activities that increase in difficulty. While this app is free, those who choose the paid subscription will be able to track their progress and enjoy access to additional games.

These fun games and challenges are just one example of how technology is helping promote and improve cognitive functioning for seniors. To learn more about senior memory care and in-home care, visit our website at www.milwaukeehomecareassistance.com or contact a friendly Care Manager at 414-964-8000. We are available 24/7 and would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding senior care at home.