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Seniors can boost their memory with these smartphone apps

November 7, 2013

Smartphone use has become commonplace among adults of all ages, and seniors have been the most recent demographic to adopt the helpful devices. As of May, approximately 18 percent of adults 65 and older had some form of smartphone, according to a recent study by Pew Internet: Mobile. A similar percentage of seniors own tablets such as the iPad. While these devices are useful for staying connected to friends and family, older adults can also download a wide array of apps to help boost their memory. Here's a look at some of the best programs to help keep your mind active and sharp, according to The Huffington Post.

Not all seniors have the same healthy aging goals, and Lumosity allows users to set their own benchmarks and focus on more specific areas. First, users can select what area of memory and cognitive function they would like to concentrate on - be it memory, speed, flexibility or problem solving, and the app will develop daily mind exercises to achieve those goals. There are approximately 40 million active users playing these games, which were designed by skilled neuroscientists, the news source notes. 

Fit Brains Trainer
While Lumosity provides you with the chance to strengthen your performance on a number of different areas, Fit Brains Trainer is more focused on short-term memory. It does this by asking users to memorize a sequence of numbers, letters and pictures and then requiring them to fill in the missing piece. More than 3.5 million smartphone owners have downloaded the game, according to iTunes, and it is among the most popular education apps around. 

Mind Games
Available for free download on Android devices, Mind Games is similar to both Fit Brains Trainer and Lumosity, but it has a few features that those two programs do not. For instance, it comes complete with a scheduling feature that can remind users to play if they are considering taking the day off, The New York Times reported. Additionally, it offers you the ability to develop some skills that the other two can't, including vocabulary and memory span. Users who want to improve their math skills or their ability to recognize certain faces are also in luck, as it offers games that allow them to do just that.