Brain games are important because they can help improve brain health.
Performance, memory, attention, speed, problem-solving and flexibility - the brain is an organ capable of expanding, adapting and learning as such.
Even as we grow old the brain can grow new neurons (brain cells that communicate with each other) and by staying active and keeping the brain stimulated we can help to prevent age-related memory loss.
The more we think, the better our brain function is, regardless of age!
I always encourage my daughter who is 12 years old to play Sudoku. I know Sudoku is considered one such intellectually-stimulating puzzles. It requires her to use common sense and to foresee solutions beyond just the next move.
Sudoku puzzles reinforce her brain's logical thought process, enhances problem-solving abilities, improves concentration, and boosts mental sharpness.
Solving Sudoku puzzles as a hobby will help her to exercise her brain and keep her mind sharp.
As for my grandfather, he always keeps his mind sharp by playing mahjong with his friends. Mahjong requires intelligence and concentration. It is a difficult game to master, but once you do, your ability to excel in the game is limitless.
My grandfather also likes to teach my daughter to play mahjong which she seems to like very much. I understand that playing mahjong has a lot of benefits to him as an elderly person, but I cannot let my 12-year-old daughter learn and play a game which encourages gambling.
For me, puzzles are the ideal games for her.
Lim Pey Chyi