Fun puzzles keep senior minds sharp
Research (and common sense) say that keeping the mind engaged is a great way to stay sharp while aging. Some studies have shown that brain exercises can keep seniors sharper for up to 10 years longer.
Sudoku (sue-dough-coo) puzzles are a fun activity and sure to stimulate your older adult’s brain.
Free sudoku puzzles challenge the mind
We found a great website with free sudoku puzzles that you can easily print. Sudoku is a single-player number puzzle – think of it as a sort of crossword, except with numbers.
Don’t be scared off by all the numbers. Sudoku is logic-based and doesn’t require any math. Numbers are only used because they’re well-recognized symbols. It’s even possible to make and solve a Sudoku puzzle with letters, colors, or other symbols!
Example of a traditional sudoku puzzle:
A sample sudoku puzzle
How to play sudoku
A true sudoku puzzle has only one solution. The rules for a traditional puzzle, which use the numbers 1 to 9, are:
- Each row, column, and block / nonet (group of nine) can contain each number exactly once.
- The sum of all the numbers in any row or column must add up to 45.
It might take a little practice to solve a sudoku puzzle. To get your senior started, we found an excellent free video tutorial.
This 8 minute tutorial walks through an example puzzle and shows basic solving techniques step-by-step. We were impressed by how the explanation quickly makes the game clear, easy, and fun!
Print the puzzles anytime
Livewire Puzzles offers dozens of free sudoku puzzles that you can easily print out for your older adult to solve. Click the clearly labeled links under the Easy, Medium, and Hard sections to see the puzzles and their solutions. Each link gives you two puzzles on the same page.
The easiest way to print a puzzle is to click on one of the puzzle links, then use the print function in your web browser – usually a browser menu option or by typing Ctrl-P.
These free sudoku puzzles keep your senior entertained and exercises their brain. You may even want to do them yourself!
By DailyCaring Editorial Staff