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Do you find yourself having the odd “senior moment”? Maybe you’ve forgotten the third item on your shopping list, or have to refer back to a recipe several times in order to recall the next step by the time you’ve crossed the kitchen.

While it’s unlikely there’s anything to worry about, these little lapses in perefction can be annoying.

The good news is it’s quite possible to exercise your mind, and now a new large-scale study has shown that playing online games give both your memory and reasoning skills a workout.

Researchers at King’s College London enlisted 7000 over-50s and asked some of the them to play online brain training games over the course of six months.

The volunteers were recruited from the general population and none had any problems with memory or cognition when they signed up to the experiment.

The game players were invited to play for 10 minutes at a time, as frequently as they wished, the BBC reports.

Meanwhile, the control group was asked to do simple internet searches.

After six months, the researchers found those who played games involving reasoning and problem-solving maintained their cognitive skills better than those who did not. The people who played five times a day showed a greater improvement.

Best of all, people over 60 who played the games showed even better scores for carrying out essential everyday tasks such as shopping and cooking.


The researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King College will start a longer trial to establish whether this approach could help prevent the development of dementia.

Dr Doug Brown of the Alzheimer’s Society said, “While this study wasn’t long enough to test whether the brain training package can prevent cognitive decline or dementia, we’re excited to see that it can have a positive impact on how well older people perform essential everyday tasks.”

Do you do any kind of “brain training”? Share your favourite ways to do so. 

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  1. I brought the Luminosity Brain Training games a while ago. I try to do each day’s recommended games although some I don’t enjoy as much as others. They certainly address skills that don’t regularly get used with games like Sudoku, crosswords etc.

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    • I have just read it Libby so its out there somewhere! When you get this notification you should be able to pick it up again – it was a very interesting thread and i would love to know the truth too!

  2. A senior moment! I suppose you mean that checking the roasting dinner by looking in the fridge or looking in the pantry when the microwave pings are senior moments! Well, I play a variety of word games and puzzle solving games. I read lots of books, and care for my five chooks, my dog, my husband and my brother, and I’ve managed not to poison them, set the house on fire, or forget my brothers many medical appointments. I manage their medications too. So, I laugh when I find the roast isn’t in the fridge, and breakfast is not in the pantry! I think I’m doing ok!

  3. Yes I do the online sodoku. Have been doing it for years. If I bought a sodoku book I’d forget where I put it – the computer is large enough to find 🙂

  4. Love this article, won’t feel nearly as guilty when I play Words With Friends, Candy Crush or Magic Jigsaws on here.

  5. Get LUMOSITY BRAIN TRAINING! Do it for 10 mins each and every day – sure keeps the grey matter active!

  6. When I spoke to my son about this his response was ‘I have moments like this and I’m 42! How encouraging is this? 😘

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