If you have multiple sclerosis (MS), I’m sure you are also struggling with the daily symptoms that come with it; whether it be mental or physical. MS is an unpredictable, terrifying disease of the central nervous system that interrupts and damages the flow of information within the brain and body. I’ve had to witness, and unfortunately hear, over time what Multiple Sclerosis can do to the human body. My mother has had MS for years now and I’ve definitely been able to notice the changes and hear the pain that it causes. Of course however, it took me a little while to accept at first that my ‘hero’ was going through all of this- I didn’t want to believe it! No one wants to see the person they love struggle daily while also not being able to help or do anything.
This horrible disease called MS causes cognitive, behavioral, and physical changes to the body. Since I have been away from home, I now only notice cognitive changes since our talks are only over the phone. Memory problems are among the most common cognitive changes. Most people with MS do eventually struggle with some level of memory loss. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), “there is a 50 percent chance that a person will experience some type of cognitive deficit due to the condition.” So therefore, exercising your mind is a very important part in staying healthy! If you are currently dealing with specific cognitive changes, there are certain types of brain games that can definitely help and will stimulate your mind! Talk with your doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing and give these brain games a try!
1) My Brain Games
This was designed and created specifically for the MS community to help with symptoms. It was created by psychologists, game developers, and neurologists with the help of Microsoft and NMSS. It helps with the most common cognitive changes, including working memory deficits and decreased speed of information processing. You can find My Brain Games by searching online or going to the Health and Wellness Practices web page.
These games were designed to improve memory and other cognitive impairment issues including: processing speed, problem solving, reasoning, visual perception, mental problems, and more. You can use this on your computer or you can download the apps for it!
This website has been very popular lately. There have been ads online and commercials on tv as well. It offers a large variety games that focus on improving memory, attention, and processing speed. You can play these games on your computer or download the app to your smartphone/tablet.
4) Sequencing Games
These types of games help to improve problem solving, mental flexibility, and reasoning. Write down the amount of time you spend playing each game, including your scores! Sequencing games include those such as solitaire, dominoes, and sudoku.
5) Big Brain Academy
This is more of a video game and it’s used with Nintento Wii and DSi. Big Brain Academy includes games that are targeted to improve attention, memory, visual perception, and processing speed. The game activities have different levels and difficulties as well!
6) Brain Age
This can be used to improve executive cognitive functions such as: problem solving, memory, attention, visual perception, reasoning, mental flexibility, AND processing speed. Brain Age is for Nintendo Wii and DSi.
7) Jigsaw Puzzles
These are great for working on visual perception skills. You can also time yourself to help work on your processing speed. Keep a log book or table to write down your times to compare each one!
This board game helps with problem solving, sequencing, reasoning, language, and mental flexibility. You can enjoy and play scrabble with friends or family or you can play on your smartphone by downloading the app!
9) Search and Find Games
Search and find games work on your visual perception skills and processing speed. These games include: word searches, mazes, number searches, and hidden pictures.
10) Crossword Puzzles
Crossword puzzles are a very popular and well known game. But did you know, playing a crossword puzzle a little bit every day has been shown to improve cognitive impairment problems related to sequencing, problem solving, language, and mental flexibility.
You can’t go wrong with a fun game that’s also beneficial for your health and wellbeing! 😀
**Disclaimer- This post is for informational purposes only.