Many older adults enjoy “brain games” like crosswords, chess, and computer games such as the latest addictive phone app game. But can they help improve memory?

According to the website Harvard Health Publishing, which draws on the expertise of the 11,000 faculty physicians at Harvard Medical School, brain games “may help with improving select brain skills and can play an important role in maintaining overall brain health.” More specifically, “the more convincing evidence is that brain games may help sharpen certain thinking skills that tend to wane with age, such as processing speed, planning skills, reaction time, decision making, and short-term memory, according to a study in the November 2016 International Psychogeriatrics.”

SumQuest is an addition-based game designed with the aim of boosting mental maths ability. “Brain games can expand the beneficial effects of exercise. In fact, research has found that the combination of exercise and brain games or another similar mental stimulus — such as pursuing more education, socializing, partaking in cultural activities, and discussing ideas — can build cognitive reserve better than exercise alone.”

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