Stimulating activities to improve memory

By May 4, 2020 No Comments

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As people get older it is important to put focus on exercising the brain to improve focus, daily functionality and memory. There are many different ways you can help your brain to stay healthy and sharp. By doing these exercises to help boost your concentration and memory can make daily tasks easier and quicker to do.

Card Games

There are a wealth of card games that you could try to improve your memory and brain function. A quick card game can lead to greater brain volume in several areas of the brain and stimulate thinking skills and improve memory.

Try giving some of these popular card games a go:

  • Solitaire
  • Hearts
  • Poker
  • Gin Rummy
  • Crazy Eights


Everybody loves a good puzzle, from a quick 30 minute one to a huge 1000 piece one! Working on jigsaw puzzles are a great way to strengthen the functions of the brain. Doing jigsaw puzzles often uses many cognitive abilities and is a protective part of visuospatial cognitive ageing. When you are putting together a puzzle, you have to analyse all of the different pictures and shapes to figure out where they fit within the larger image. This exercise is fun, rewarding and a great way to exercise and challenge the brain.


Who doesn’t enjoy a little bit of dancing? Learning new dance moves can increase the processing speed and memory of your brain. Not only is this a very fun activity it has great benefits on the brain!

Try out some of these fun dance activities:

  • Zumba dance exercise class
  • Salsa or hip-hop class
  • Ballroom dancing with a partner
  • Online video dance tutorials
  • Line dancing with friends

Expand on Vocabulary

Having a large and interesting vocabulary is not only a great way to make you feel smart, but it can also be a great way to stimulate your brain. Many regions of the brain are involved in vocabulary activities, especially in areas that are important for auditory and visual processing. You can try keeping a notebook when you read and write down any unfamiliar words and look up the definition after reading. Try to use that word 5 times the next day to help expand your vocabulary and stimulate your brain.

Play and Listen to Music

Music is an easy way to increase your creative brainpower. Listening to happy songs can help create more innovative solutions to problems, rather than sitting in silence. Turning up some happy music can help boost your brainpower and creative thinking.

If you like music and want to push this passion forward, you could try learning an instrument. You are capable of learning a new skill at any time in your life so why not boost your skillset whilst increasing your brainpower.

Look into learning a new language

There are a wealth of cognitive benefits of being able to learn and speak a new language. Bilingualism can contribute to improved memory, better visual-spatial skills and increased levels of creativity. Being fluent in multiple languages may also help delay age-related mental decline that happens to everyone.