You work out your body, why not your brain? No study has proven that playing games or doing puzzles lower the risk of dementia or other brain illnesses. However, there have been studies that believe these games and puzzles do help maintain general brain health. Games are fun and they can’t hurt your memory. Why not play some of today’s hottest games with your parents?


Caregiver in Berkeley CA: Exercising the Brain

Caregiver in Berkeley CA: Exercising the Brain


4 Bidden Words

Here’s a card game you can play together as a group. The more players you have, the more fun it is. Players take turns drawing a card. They look at the card and try to get another player to say the word. The problem is that the card has four words that are forbidden to use.

Say the secret word is a latte and the forbidden words are milk, froth, espresso, or coffee. It can be tricky to come up with the right words to help the player understand what the secret word is.



Scrabble came out in 1938. Most households have it. It’s a game where your goal is to form the letter tiles into words with the highest possible point value. Players build off other words in crossword fashion.

To do well in this game, you need to have a decent vocabulary. You also must be good at scrambling the letters to form words that fit in the open areas on the board.

If you like Scrabble, Upwords is a take on it only you can build on top of other words to change them. For example, “home” could become “whole” with “W” and “L” tiles.


Ticket to Ride

This strategy game is best played with several players. The goal is to build a segment of the railway from one city to another. As city paths can intersect, other players can mess up your plans as you work your way from one city to the next.

Ticket to Ride is addicting and frustrating. Longer railways get higher points, but shorter ones help you avoid getting cut off by another player. One thing is for sure, it’s a lot of fun and takes shrewd thinking.

In those moments when you need a break, know that home care aides are skilled at helping your parents remain independent but safe. Caregivers help with everything from personal care to meals. If your parents love playing games, caregivers can do that, too.

They’re also there to offer respite care while you take a break, attend appointments. Home care is key to helping your parents live independently as they age.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Caregiver in Berkley, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care.
Call today: (415) 795-2203