Brain training games capitalize on the ease with which we play by offering a multitude of puzzles and problems that can be played for hours or just minutes at a time. Learn more about the best brain training games that can sharpen the mind and potentially prevent cognitive illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease.

Sudoku

Sudoku is a number placement game based on short-term memory. To complete a Sudoku puzzle, you need to look ahead and follow the footsteps of the consequences – if you put a 6 in this box, it must be an 8 and this one a 4, and so on. This type of planning improves short-term memory and focus. You can play Sudoku online, on an application or on paper. Look for a regular Sudoku in your journal, buy a book with a collection of puzzles, or download a free app for your phone or tablet. Sudoku puzzles are available with different degrees of difficulty. When you first start playing easy games until you learn the rules.

Lumosity

Free in the iOS Store and Android Play Store, Lumosity offers an ever-expanding set of cognitive and scientific games designed to improve your working memory and stimulate your brain on a daily basis. Part of what these games are designed to do is strengthen your ability to pay attention to the right things — that is, the things that help you solve the task at hand — while learning to ignore things that don’t help. Lumosity is one of the most popular brain-training games out there, used by more than 60 million people worldwide.

Peak

Peak has a pretty impressive user interface. We love the sleek, quirky design, and the over 40 unique games featured here are not only exceptionally well-designed, but actually fun. Each game on Peak has been developed by a team of neuroscientists and game developers to bring the world of gaming and brain training closer together, and they have executed this strategy perfectly. The most interesting feature of Peak is Coach, a “personal trainer” that will help users find the right workout at the right time. Peak also monitors user progress and provides information to help players better understand where they excel and where they need to improve.

Clevermind

Different from many brain-training games in that it’s specially designed for people already suffering from Alzheimer’s, Clevermind goes beyond merely a collection of games. As any caregiver can tell you, managing someone with Alzheimer’s goes far beyond just giving them mental exercise. To this end, Clevermind features social, medical, and dietary tools, all presented in an easy-to-read interface that also has a digital assistant who speaks in a Siri-like voice.

Dakim

Self-described as a “brain fitness program,”Dakim offers users a set of games and puzzles designed to help you give your brain a comprehensive workout. The program gives you access to more than 100 individual brain exercises, all designed to improve attention and concentration — in other words, the very kind of mental tasks that have been demonstrated to play a role in preventing Alzheimer’s and related symptoms.

Brain Metrix

A free web service that helps you “train your brain,” Brain Metrix offers a large collection of concentration, color, IQ, spatial intelligence, memory, and creativity games that can help get your brain in tip-top shape. If you have an interest in playing the type of games that strengthen your brain’s fitness in ways that can help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia, then Brain Metrix has games and tasks that fit the bill.

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