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3 Brain-Boosting Card Games

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Loss of cognitive function and memory can happen as people age, especially if they suffer from an illness such as dementia or Alzheimer's. In addition to health-related senior care services, you can also find ways to have fun with older adults.

Card games are a great way to pass time and many require some sort of strategy, allowing seniors to use their memory in order to beat you. Here are three great brain-boosting card games:

Memory matching: This is a simple yet useful and fun card game to play with patients. For this, you'll have cards with pictures on them that you place photo-down on a table. The senior will flip over cards and must remember where certain pictures are in order to find its match.

Go Fish: Patients may recall this as a favorite game from their childhood, and it's another simple yet effective brain-booster as well. With Go Fish, seniors must try to remember and keep track of what cards you hold in order to create matches for their hand.

Gin rummy: Another favorite game of your patient may gin rummy. In this game, the objective is to collect a hand of cards that creates sets (three to four cards of the same number) or runs ( cards in consecutive order from the same suit). Gin rummy requires some strategy and memory, which is a great for keeping older adults' brains active.

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