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Fun Activities to Keep Your Mind Sharp as You Age

At Arbor View of Pewaukee, we value our residents. We implement activities to continue stimulating the mind in a fun way, which has led us to compile this list of 6 activities. Read on to discover the different ways you can keep your mind sharp as you age.


Painting is a great way to stimulate the mind. It is known to improve hand-eye coordination, cognitive abilities, and concentration. Painting is one of the most therapeutic art forms as it relaxes the mind and body and allows focus to be only on the task at hand. There are many different avenues of painting to choose from as well, so you’ll never get bored!

Word Games

You can choose from using pen and paper to do word searches, crosswords, or fill-ins, or even playing different mindful games on your phone for this one.

Crosswords, for example, are incredibly stimulating for the mind. Deciphering the clue and using your mind to try and think of the word triggers your brain to get involved in the process! There are also other fun stimulating word games like Boggle and Hangman, too. 


Reading is one of the best ways to keep your mind sharp and active.

Literacyworks.org says, “Research suggests that reading books, writing and participating in brain-stimulating activities at any age may preserve memory.” An interesting tidbit is that the brain never stops developing new neurons, reading is the best way to create mental stimulation and mental stimulation develops neurons! 

Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles can help older people relax, reduce blood pressure and even slow breathing rate. Puzzles are another fun activity to improve hand-eye coordination and stimulate the brain. The great thing about these puzzles are they are senior friendly! Puzzles have options with large pieces, ideal for seniors with arthritis or eye problems. 


You don’t have to be a genius to play Chess! In fact, many people don’t learn the game until they are older. 

Chess involves players to develop strategy, plan moves ahead and think outside the box. All great brain stimulating activities wrapped into one fun game. There are even tutorials that can teach you how to play and tips and tricks, on Youtube!

Learn an Instrument

This one is a really fun way to keep your mind sharp because the opportunities are endless. Another great activity for seniors because most instruments can be played sitting down, with no requirements to stand if unable.

You can learn a new instrument at any age. There are tutorials online, or you could even ask a student to come spend time with you and teach you! 

About Arbor View

Arbor View of Pewaukee provides care to people who require assistance with activities of daily living. This care setting provides an intermediate level of care for residents who cannot safely live independently, but do not yet need around-the-clock skilled nursing services like those provided in a nursing home.

If you or a loved one is interested in learning more, please contact us at (262) 691-7400.

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