Brain Games for Seniors

Brain games aren’t just for children anymore. In fact, games that focus on mental health are critical in helping to offset Alzheimer’s, dementia and other health issues. The more games played, and varieties of games played help to strengthen the mental pathways of the brain, therefore helping one to stay on top of their memory and critical thinking abilities.

Below is a list of different brain games, all focused on helping seniors to think clearly while having a great time.

Word Search Games

word-search-gameBrain Games: Word Searches

Offering over 80 word searches, this large print book focuses on starting the reader with a few easy searches before gradually building up to the most difficult one at the end of the book. Solutions to all of the word searches can then be found at the back of the book.

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Crossword Games

crosswords-for-seniorsCrosswords for Seniors For Dummies

Jammed packed with crosswords of varying difficulty, Crosswords for Seniors provides great puzzles that are both challenging and entertaining. Inside you’ll find 150 different puzzles arranged with the least difficult ones first, all in large print.

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crosswords-2-for-seniorsUSA TODAY Crossword 2: 200 Puzzles from The Nations No. 1 Newspaper

Here you’ll find 200 crosswords that have been featured in USA TODAY throughout the years. Puzzles vary in difficulty with all answers located in the very back of the book.

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Trivia Games

trivia-for-seniorsTrivia for Seniors

This particular book, focusing singularly on trivia, is great for those who love trivia night. Questions in the book come straight from past trivia programs with seniors in both retirement homes and senior centers. Questions and answers are located on the same page, so this book is best read by a partner.

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Sudoku Games

big-book-of-sudokuThe Big Book of Sudoku

With over 540 different Sudoku puzzles, you’ll find chance after chance to conquer puzzle after puzzle. Within this book you’ll find 4 different sections: warm up, challenging, tough and the ultimate Samurai Sudoku.

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must-have-sudokuThe Must Have 2014 Sudoku Puzzle Book

365 different Sudoku puzzles can be found in this one book. That way you’ll have a Sudoku puzzle to complete every single day of the year. There are 5 levels of difficulty titled easy, moderate, nasty, cruel and deadly. You’ll also find that there are only 2 puzzles per page, each large print with plenty of white space for notes or scribbles.

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Multiple Games in One

big-book-brain-gamesThe Big Book of Brain Games: 1,000 PlayThinks of Art, Mathematics and Science

Focused on offering a wide range of puzzles and thinking problems of different difficulties, this brain book is great for those who wish to have all their games in one place. 12 categories are offered including geometry, patterns, numbers, logic, probability and more.

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brain-games-bookBrain Games #1: Lower Your Brain Age in Minutes a Day

This book focuses on a number of different brain games and is divided into five sections, each more difficult than the last. In this book you’ll find anagrams, crosswords, cryptograms, drawings exercises, language puzzles, logic puzzles, mazes, word searches and more.

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While finding that prefect brain game is exciting, it is important to remember that in order to achieve overall brain health, it is necessary to play multiple types of games on a weekly basis. In the end, instead of just choosing one game, try your hand at a few.

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Celebrating LGBT History Month

Celebrating LGBT History Month
The Lake Merritt – Oakland
October 23rd, 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Karen Sundheim, the Program Manager for the James C. HormtheViewel Gay and Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library will present a visual presentation on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual & Transgender) history in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the Bay Area. Most of the lecture will cover World War II to the present, and include the various stages of LGBT visibility and the struggle for civil rights. Photographs from the Hormel Center’s extensive archival collections will serve to illustrate some important achievements in LGBT History and the arts.

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Networking Open House

OnLOKON LOK Lifeways 30th Street Center is hosting a professional Networking Open House

225 30th Street, 2nd Floor
Wednesday, October 22, 4 pm

Refreshment and Tasty Finger Foods!
Guided tours of the facility including the 30th ST. Senior Center
Meet and greet with professional in your community and find out about On LOk!
Plus Free Giveaway!
For more information call 415-999-0671

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Diabetes Dialogue

Diabetes Dialogue

JohnMuirGood Care Makes a Difference in Kidney Heath
In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month in November, John Muir Health is hosting Diabetes Dialogue – a free seminar that discusses important health topics for those with diabetes and their family members.

By: Douglas Zlock, M.D., Endrocrinologist, Medical Director, Diabetes Center & Zita Shiue, M.D., Nephrologist
Monday, November 3, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm
John Muir Medical Center- Auditorium Rooms I & II
2540 East St. Concord, CA 94519
Free – Reservation are strongly recommended
Register online at johnmuirhealth.com/classes or call Wellness Services at 925-941-7900, option 1
Light & heakthy refreshment will be provided

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THE ART OF FINANCIAL WELL-BEING RESOURCE FAIR

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Sunday, November 16, 2014
Take Control of Your Finances & Secure Your Future
Achieve well-being – the state of being prosperous, healthy and happy. Take advantage of valuable resources to save money at any age. Learn financial responsibility through engagement with local businesses and organizations.

FreeThe Art of Financial Well Being
WORKSHOPS
Held concurrently from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm and repeated from 1:30 – 2:30 pm.
Each workshop will feature short presentations from experts in their fields, followed by an audience Q and A.
Emotional Currency: Beyond Dollars and Cents
Dr. Kate Levinson, Author of Emotional Currency

Identity Theft
Karen Introcaso, San Francisco Federal Credit Union

Medicare
Ken Gardner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, San Francisco Regional Office

Prepare for the Unthinkable: Preserve Your Legacy for Your Loved Ones
Jennifer Gorovitz, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Claire Fox Hofbauer, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

RESOURCE FAIR
Pottruck Family Atrium & Kanbar Hall
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Presented in partnership with a wide range of businesses and nonprofit organizations.

ACTIVITIES
One-on-One Estate Planning Sessions
With Sheldon H. Wolfe, Jennifer Gorovitz and Claire Fox Hofbauer from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Space is limited. Registration will be available on the day of the event only. Please go to the JCCSF Front Desk to sign up.
Thirty-minute sessions throughout the day
One-on-One Financial Planning Sessions
With members of the San Francisco Financial Planning Association

Space is limited. Registration will be available on the day of the event only. Please go to the JCCSF Front Desk to sign up.
Thirty-minute sessions: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 – 4:00 pm
Covered CA Enrollment/Renewal Session
Space is limited. Registration will be available on the day of the event only. Please go to the Covered CA table in the atrium to sign up.
Forty-five-minute sessions: 11:30 am – 3:15 pm
Please make sure to bring along:
Social Security Number
Legal identification (e.g. Driver’s License or CA ID)
Proof of income (e.g. Tax return, W-2, Pay Stub)
Proof of citizenship or legal residency
Advance registration is highly recommended, call 415.292.1200.
For more information contact Adult Programs Manager Shiva Schulz at 415.292.1260.
All times and room assignments are subject to change.

The JCCSF is not associated with participating organizations. Any viewpoints or services offered by a participating organization are its own, and are not necessarily endorsed by the JCCSF or other participants.

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HEALTH FAIR FOR SENIORS & OTHER MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES

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HEALTH FAIR FOR SENIORS & OTHER MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES
A Program of the University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific student pharmacists will be on hand to evaluate Medicare Part D plans, review medications to ensure that they are safe in combination with each other and offer a variety of screening tests and vaccines.

logoAppointments are required if you want to have your Medicare Part D plan evaluated and/or to review your medications. Call 415.292.1200 to make an appointment.

The JCCSF is not affiliated with the University of the Pacific. Any viewpoints or services offered by the University of the Pacific are its own and are not necessarily endorsed by the JCCSF.

Sunday, Nov 9, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

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Gifts for Seniors

With such a variety of options available, gift shopping has become a bit of an adventure. Finding gifts for seniors is certainly no different. Lately the market has exploded with new gifts in almost every gift category imaginable with each promising to help either make life easier or more fun. Because of this, you’ll often find many different products that are very similar to each other.

To help make things a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of a few great gift choices for seniors that are suitable for use both inside and outside of home. Below you’ll find the list separated into two parts- gifts that are priced under $50 and those that are priced over $50.

Gifts For Seniors Under $50

nwbell-big-button-phoneNorthwestern Bell Big-Button Cordless Phone

This phone helps to make dialing easy with big buttons that are easy to see and use. $24.00

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stronger-seniors-workoutStronger Seniors 2 Disc Exercise Program

If your senior loves to exercise or is thinking about starting a low impact exercise program, these DVDs will help them on their way. $24.95

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digital-camera-binocularsVivitar Digi-Cam Binoculars

A cross between binoculars and a video camera, this is a great gift for those who are looking to see more of the action at sport events or the like. Also great for those who love to bird watch. $43.00

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led-folding-magnifierLighted Folding Magnifier

Great for viewing stamps, coins and other small items. Also can be used when reading. $12.83

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front-pocket-walletFront Pocket Wallet

This wallet is great for those who like to keep theirs in the front pocket and is shaped accordingly to help get rid of any discomfort. $29.95

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nightlighter-flashlightNightlighter Flashlight

With two lights, this flashlight is great for viewing both the floor and the area in front of you and can be used both inside and out. $19.95

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good-grip-bowling-gloveGood Grip Bowling Glove

Great for the bowlers out there who are having a difficult time securing a stable grip. Also helps to provide a small cushion for both fingers and the palm. $39.95

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instant-warmersInstant Warmers

During cold days, these warmers work as instant heat that can be used inside of gloves to help keep hands warm throughout the day and into the night. $24.95- $39.95

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ez-see-keyboardEZSee Computer Keyboard

Large black keys with easy to see large white letters, numbers and symbols help to make typing both easier and faster. $23.52

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Gifts For Seniors Over $50

lighted-full-page-magnifierLighted Full Page Magnifier

Great for those who still love to read paperback or hardback books. An added bonus – hands free application so that you don’t have to worry about holding the magnifier for the entire read. Can also be adjusted according to height. $79.95

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personal-tv-listening-systemPersonal TV Listening System

This personal headset is great for those who have a hard time hearing through traditional TV speaker systems and are looking for an affordable alterative to a new speaker system. $89.95

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mini-bike-exerciserMini Bike Exerciser

Being active has never been easier. If riding on a bicycle doesn’t sound appealing, this mini bike is a great substitute with low impact mini pedals that can be used while sitting on the couch or in a chair. $99.95

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vibrating-foot-massagerVibrating Foot Massager

Both heat and massages are combined as one for a relaxing foot massage that is great after exercise or at the end of the day. Easy to setup and use. $129.95

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wheelchair-cushion-with-fleece-topWheelchair Cushion With Fleece Top

Wheelchairs can sometimes be a bit uncomfortable but this fleece topped cushion is here to help. Made with foam, you’ll find that body weight is evenly distributed throughout the cushion helping to ease any discomfort or pain. $69.99

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At SearchSeniorLiving.com, we are dedicated to helping you and your family ease the search for just the right community! For more information and to use our Search, Sort and Match ™ tool, please visit our website or call us at 877-243-8073.

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Fall County Fair

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Saturday, October 4, 2014, 12 – 4 pm
The Commons at Dallas Ranch
Dallas Ranch Road · Antioch, CA 94531

 

They will have pony rides, face painting, games, a petting zoo, exteriorbounce house and food!
Please RSVP to (925) 754-7772.

 

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Fall Prevention Awareness Day

theViewJoin The Lake Merritt and Alta Bates Sutter Medical Center for Fall Prevention Awareness Day and learn ways to prevent current and future falls.
September 24th , 2014,  10 am – 12 pm
1800 Madison Street, Oakland, CA 94612

The speaker is Carolyn Sacramento, a Physical Therapist for Alta Bates Sutter Medical Center (ABSMC) who has been working in the area of Fall Prevention for the past 4 years. She has taught numerous community classes on Fall Prevention and Balance Exercise. She also actively treats patients with gait and balance disturbance and is known for her individualized approach and thorough education.

After their speaker, you may participate in several workshops to learn different forms of exercise to help balance and prevent falls. Their facilitators are experts in yoga, tai chi, and senior fitness.

There is no cost for admission, but reservations are required. Please RSVP at 510-903-3600 or email at RSVP@thelakemerrittsenior.com.

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Nazareth House Seminar – San Rafael

Documenting Your Future Healthcare Series
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 1:30 pm

How can you document your choices of healthcare? What is a Polst and why should you have one? Myths and facts about hospice care and is it for you? What about Organ Donation? Learn how to ensure that your wishes will be carried out in the future, even if you can’t speak for yourself.

Teresa Tooker has been a Provider Relations Liasion with Hospice by the Bay for 15 years, and serves as a chair person for the Marin County POLST Coalition. She will co-present with Lynn von der Werth, a medical social worker with a masters degree in social work who has worked with Sutter Care at Home for 13 years. Each presenter bring abroad perspective and current knowledge to this discussion.

Seminar is free and last about. It will be held at auditorium at 245 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. Refreshment will be served. Please call to reserve your space. Contact Lynetta Mateo at 415-479-8282 ext 12.

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