5 Fun Apps to Train Your Brain

September 8, 2014

“Where did I park the car?  Did you remember to pick up the dry cleaning? What do you mean I missed my appointment today?” As we get older certain things are bound to happen; our hair might start to turn grey, our eye sight might become a little blurry, we may begin to forget things. Some of these things will happen to the best of us.

Medical experts say some degree of memory loss and a small decline in our general cognition is normal as we age. It also gets harder for us to learn new things or recall familiar information.  However, this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t go down without a fight.

There are a number of ways you can keep your mind sharp. A strong body equals a strong mind, so eat a healthy diet and make sure you’re getting plenty of exercise. Stay active and social, and always continue learning. Here are a few fun brain apps to help you stay sharp and focused.

Lumosity for iPhone

Luminosity

The neat thing about Lumosity is that it allows you to tailor your training plan for what your goals are for your memory, attention span, speed, flexibility, and problem solving. Also available on desktop via its website, Lumosity provides you with a new set of workouts every day of the week. For memory, you’ll be tasked with spatial tasks, recalling patterns, and even face-name recognition, so you’ll never have to play the guessing game next time you run into an old acquaintance. The app also boasts being designed by neuroscientists and has 40 million users.

Fit Brains Trainer for iPhone

Fit Brains

Allowing you to choose from three difficulty levels, this app’s memory game module helps you improve your short-term memory through information recall. The pressure is on as you advance through the levels by achieving score benchmarks during timed games. You’ll be asked to memorize sequences of numbers, letters, and pictures — and then identify the missing piece. If you bore of the memory games, the app also has concentration, problem solving, and cognitive speed games for you to play.

Music Game for iPhone

music game

If you always enjoyed playing Go Fish, then you’ll love this. It’s just like the classic memory game, except instead of cards, you play with music. Colored buttons light up and play a sound, creating a tune. After each note is added, you try to recreate the pattern by tapping the buttons. The best part is, it’s free — but it is highly addictive. You’ve been warned.

My Personal Memory Trainer for Android

memory trainer

Like a workout for the mind, this trainer works to improve your spatial and working memory. You’ll be put through the paces, doing a variety of “workouts” to tease your memory and improve your concentration. You’ll be asked to memorize and recall patterns, strings of numbers, and complete puzzles. It also allows you to chart your progress, as consistency is key in your efforts to improve your memory. Plus, users say it’s actually pretty fun.

Brain Workout for Android

brain workout

With 4 different games, Brain Workout helps you tease your memory, improve accuracy, and have faster mental agility. With a simple and straightforward interface, this is probably one of the easiest apps to use. Choose different difficulty levels as you improve to keep challenging yourself and try working on other areas including mental focus and speed. And to make it more fun, you can even compare your scores with those of friends or post your score to the global scoreboard to be ranked.

So if you want to stay sharp and have some fun, give these games a try! Have you tried them? Which is your favorite?

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