Brain Training

Attention:

The ability to pay attention is the first requirement to completing any cognitive task. Our brain's ability to concentrate can make the difference In problem-solving, word-finding and the ability to complete tasks. Attention skills can be improved with practice. Studies show that you can improve concentration skills by focusing your attention for increasing periods of time.

10 Easy Attention Activities

  1. Reading
  2. Brain Games
  3. Sewing
  4. Playing an Instrument
  5. Bouncing a Ball
  1. Jumping Rope
  2. Brain Teasers
  3. Jigsaw Puzzles
  4. Listening to a Lecture
  5. Meditation

Concentration:

Concentration is really all about sustained attention. Challenge your brain to focus on tasks for longer periods of time. Take breaks and return to the concentration task. Multi-tasking is actually bad for keeping your brain sharp. A better habit is to make a list of things you need to do and then focus on one task at a time. Building better concentration skills can help you get more done in less time.

5 Ways to Improve Focus and Concentration

  1. Get more sleep.
  2. Include whole grains in your diet.
  3. Drink 8 ounces of water each day.
  4. Avoid multi-tasking.
  5. Take short breaks and exercise.

Language:

Language is learned from the time we are born. Our brain's ability to learn a language continues throughout life. As we age, brain health matters can impact word-finding ability in particular. Alzheimer's and dementia can impact our language skills. To keep your brain sharp and your language skills in tip-top shape include language-based puzzles, brain games and brain teasers as part of your brain fitness routine. You can start by giving the Brain Spade brain games and brain teasers a try.

Logic:

Logical thinking plays an important role in our problem-solving effectiveness. Thinking logically requires us to analyze current information and apply this knowledge to form a solution. Brain games that challenge logical thinking help us to maintain a systematic approach to our thinking. And logic puzzles are an important part of our overall brain fitness routine.

Memory:

Memory is the process by which our brain's encode, store and retrieve information. When we sense things in our environment, our brain holds that information for just a few seconds before moving information into short-term memory. Some information moves from short-term memory into long-term storage. Memory skills can be improved during our adult years with brain exercises and daily challenges.

Top 10 Memory Tips

  1. Eat a balanced diet included foods with vitamin B.
  2. Drink more water.
  3. Sleep 7-8 hours per night.
  4. Learn to manage your stress.
  5. Care for your brain by adding more physical exercise to your routine.
  6. Challenge your memory by playing memory games regularly.
  7. Add more protein to your diet.
  8. Socialize with friends – maintaining an active social life is good for the brain.
  9. Find brain activities you enjoy – things that are fun for the brain can support memory.
  10. Get organized – you will reduce stress and improve your ability to focus.

Processing Speed:

Our ability to take in the busy world around us and process information quickly is truly a skill. A skill that can be learned. Our brain's ability to process information can be improved with brain exercises. Mental quickness impacts all aspect of our life. Just like a fast computer get's more done, our brain's processing speed impacts our productivity.

5 Tips for Improving Mental Quickness

  1. Exercises, sleep and eat a balanced diet.
  2. Play brain games – particularly time-based brain training exercises. Try Brain Spade brain games to get started.
  3. Try board games that require competition like Pictionary.
  4. Include action based video-games and focus on eye-hand coordination.
  5. Add variety of activities and brain exercises – novel activities are best for building your brain's processing skills.

Word Finding:

You've heard people say, "It's on the tip of my tongue." They are referring to their brain's ability to find words quickly. Our left brain is primarily responsible of storing language and the frontal lobe is thought to drive our word finding abilities. As we age dementia and Alzheimer's disease can impact our word retrieval skills.

10 Tips for Improving Your Word Finding Skills

  1. Play simple brain games like the Jumble in your local newspaper.
  2. Try online brain exercises like our games Lemonade Letters and Word Pop.
  3. Socialize and converse with friends.
  4. Continue reading every day.
  5. Boost word finding with board games like Concentration and Pictionary.
  6. Ask a friend about their word-finding frustrations and play games together.
  7. Talk with your doctor if you feel word-finding is a significant problem for you.
  8. Eat a balanced diet, sleep more and increase exercise.
  9. Change up your routine – read new things and exercise your brain in new ways.
  10. Join toast-masters or a group that involves some level of speaking in a group.