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4 brain games to download on your smartphone

July 24, 2014

When it comes to bettering your mind, everyone can use a little help. There's technology available on your smartphone that can improve memory and other cognitive skills and promote healthy aging. Download a few of these free mobile applications and be on your way to a better brain - all while having fun.

Scramble With Friends
While the premise of Scramble With Friends is basic to understand, winning is not always as easy as it seems. You're given a certain amount of time to find as many words as possible, and you must beat out your opponent. This app has a social component that allows you to play with your friends and family, but you can also connect with other random players for a unique challenge. Over time, you'll be able to identify words more quickly - and you won't be able to put your phone down.

Words With Friends
A variation of the popular board game Scrabble, Words With Friends requires you and an opponent to build words with certain sets of letters. Like Scramble With Friends, this game allows you to connect with your loved ones who also have the app. This may be just the fun exercise you need to keep your brain sharp. According to a study from the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group, regular cognitive stimulation like this is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for seniors and can be beneficial for people with dementia as well.

Lumosity is scientifically designed to boost brain function, according to the product's website. When you first launch the app, you're able to customize a program depending on which areas of cognition you'd like to improve. Things like memory and problem-solving are all goals that you can select when you start your program. With over 50 million users and 40 different games, you're sure to find an educational activity you enjoy within the app.

Brain Trainer
Brain Trainer is a game that does exactly what its name suggests. The description on the iTunes store explained that the app goes through a series of colors and sounds that you have to replicate, much like the game Simon. As the level increases, so does the difficulty. The game will keep track of exactly how many sequences you're able to remember, and you'll be able to set personal goals to get increasingly better.