Memory Games for Seniors

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Did you know that memory games can improve your cognitive abilities and your overall mental health? Why not have some fun and sharpen your skills with these memory games for seniors?

Memory Games for Seniors

Your doctor has probably told you how important it is to stay physically active in your golden years. Finding a form of exercise you enjoy, and doing it regularly, can help you build muscle and improve your physical health. However, did you know that exercising your brain is just as important?

It may sound surprising, but it’s true: mental stimulation is just as important to your overall health as regular physical activity. Seniors who look for opportunities to challenge their minds on a regular basis can improve their memories and cognitive skills, as well as their overall mental health. And if that wasn’t enough incentive, it’s also a lot of fun. Don’t believe us? Check out some of these memory games for seniors, and see if there’s one you’d like to try.

Jigsaw Puzzles

Who knew everybody’s favorite rainy day hobby was a memory game? Jigsaw puzzles are a way to test your memory by having you recreate an image with puzzle pieces. There are jigsaw puzzles out there for every age and ability level, including those with memory issues. You can even have some old family photos turned into custom jigsaw puzzles for a real walk down memory lane.

Go Fish

Are you looking for an easy memory game you can play with a deck of cards? Go Fish is a classic card game that relies on your ability to remember what cards other players are holding so you can match them with your own. It’s an easy game that most people know well, and playing it can be a fun way to pass the time with some friends while working on your memory skills.


If you’re more of a pencil-and-paper puzzle fan, Sudoku might be just what you’re looking for. Sudoku uses numbers as markers, but it doesn’t require any higher math skills. Instead, it relies on you using your memory skills to place numbers in the right spots on a grid. Best of all, there are tons of sudoku puzzles for seniors available for free on the internet.

The Memory Box

Some people enjoy a more hands-on approach when it comes to improving their memories. If this is the case, making a memory box might be an activity you enjoy. All you have to do is find a box or other container, and fill it with things that evoke a certain memory. For example, if you want to remember a trip to the beach, you might include a sea shell or a picture of yourself enjoying the sunshine. This is an especially fun activity for family visits. Imagine the stories you’ll get to share as you put the box together!

Do You Remember?

If you’re just looking for a quick brain teaser to test your memory, we’ve got you covered. You can play “Do You Remember?” by making a list of ten items that are related somehow, like your ten favorite songs or your ten favorite flavors of ice cream. Write them down, and put the list away. An hour later, see how many you can remember, then check the written list to see how well you do. Looking for more of a challenge? Buddy up with a friend and see how much of their list you can remember, too.


Memory games for seniors are a fun way to keep your brain in great shape in your golden years. Try some of the ones listed above on your own, or invite a friend to try them with you.

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