Brain games are a popular way for people of all ages to improve their mental functioning and prevent brain aging.

Here’s a round-up of some of the most popular ones:

Sudoku is a popular number placement game relying on short-term memory. It can be played online or on paper. Sudoku puzzle books can often be found in the grocery store checkout line. To play online for free, visit

Crossword puzzles are a classic brain game testing verbal language and memory. Many daily newspapers include a crossword puzzle, you can purchase puzzle books, or you can play online. The AARP website publishes a free daily crossword puzzle at

There are few scientific studies to back the effectiveness of brain training and brain games, but a group of Australian scientists undertook a systematic review of the available studies testing commercially-sold brain training programs, and CogniFit and BrainHQ received the highest marks. and

Braingle claims to be the world’s largest online collection of brain teasers. You can access the free site at

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