Just as you'd lift weights and do cardio, you can maximize cognitive fitness with various types of exercise, says Gary Small, MD, director of the UCLA Longevity Center and coauthor of 2 Weeks to a Younger Brain. Rotate activities that focus on these areas:

Language: Scrabble, word scrambles

Visual-Spatial: mazes, jigsaws

Problem Solving: chess, sudoku, logic games

Memory and Concentration: Trivial Pursuit, match games like Candy Crush

A Couple to Try:

Changing Words (language)

Begin with WALL and change one letter at a time until you get to FIRM. Each change has to create an actual word.




Counting Squares (visual-spatial)

Count the squares below. (Be sure to count the squares within the squares.)


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