Studies have shown that playing games and/or doing puzzles are very beneficial in improving the cognitive ability in seniors. The activities include puzzles of any kind, card games of all sorts, board games such as chess and checkers, reading, activities involving the use of hands, and of course physical exercise. There may need to be some adjustment to game rules with some seniors, especially in the early stages of learning a new game. The emphasis is on being creative, engaged and entertained, not winning. Some studies (especially studies on chess) have shown that these activities can activate and engage those parts of the brain used for educational purposes. The benefits to the senior’s cognitive abilities are impressive. Those benefits include, improved memory, concentration, problem solving, reading, and decision-making skills. Other benefits include a raising of I.Q.s, help in preventing dementia, using both sides of the brain, and increased creativity. There are studies being done to measure the psychological benefits as well. Some of these show a lower incidence of depression, social activity increases and development of new friends and activities. Keeping the brain of seniors engaged and staying sharp, leads to a much higher quality of life. Like the old adage says “Either uses it or lose it.” Stay active physically, mentally and socially.