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Memory Games – Online and Off

What do you do to stimulate the brain? Research has indicated that exercising your brain is just as important as exercising your muscles physically. So to get a complete body work for good health and well being it is a great idea to keep up with your week after week fitness regime of swimming, yoga, walking, rec center exercises for strength (or whatever you do) as well as your brain exercises to help with your memory. After all the longer you do your brain exercises, the longer your brain will work for you as you age.

What Exercises Can You Do?

If you don’t have a computer then rationale puzzles, sudoku, kakuro and card games will keep the mind stimulated. Do you remember that card game of Memory where you have to find pairs and the person with the most pairs wins? You can play this with a normal pack of playing cards or special cards especially suitable for children with a theme on them eg disney characters, musical notation or words. There have been quizzes on the television based on this.

If you do have a computer you can still do the non computer exercises above as well as going online using your active internet connection (preferably broadband) and playing some memory games.. They provide an ideal mental workout.

What types of Memory Games are available.

1. Simple Recall: This is where you have to remember เว็บพนัน UFA ฝาก ไม่มี ขั้นต่ำ patterns. You can use a variety of pattern types depending on your interest. Here are two ideas.

a. Musical Notes: You are given a pattern of musical notes and have to repeat them once they are taken away or stopped. This is popular.

*You could be given the pattern written down which means you would have to repeat them by writing them.

*You could be given the pattern as a listening exercise and have to clap or tap back the mood. This type of exercise can be given to music students who sit practical exams as part of their aural tests.

If you play a musical instrument you can make up a cadence and try and repeat it. Or better still, get some one else eg a music teacher or companion to play a cadence for you to play back. An advanced version of this is repeat a song once you have heard it. If you don’t play an instrument you could sing a tune.

b. Numbers: You are given a number pattern and have to repeat it. Some individuals just love numbers, so this would be ideal for them.

2. Flash Card Recall: This is where you are given a card with ‘x’ number of items on it and you have to remember as many items on that card as possible once it is taken away. You may (or may not) remember a similar concept which is played at kids parties where you have a tray of items, which you see for a short time eg one minute and then have to recall or write down all the items you remember. The winner is the person who has remembered the most items.

Some of you may remember The Generation Game hosted by Bruce Forsythe in the seventies. It was a game show for four couples preferably in the same family but of two different generations competing to win prizes. The winning couple had to then watch a series of prizes go by on a conveyor belt for a short time. They then had a set time to recall all the prizes they could remember. Whatever they could remember was what they returned home with. Just another version of Flash Card Recall.

3. Fill In The Blanks: This is where you read a story and then fill in the blanks on the following page. This strategy is often used in schools for tests and exercises to help with a learning topic.

These are just some examples. there will be more. Just make sure you choose games to suit your interest so you can stick to them. there is no point in trying the musical note version if you have no idea what the musical notes are and love numbers. Each game will have levels. The higher the level the harder and more challenging it is. Subsequently a great workout for the brain.

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