Flexing The Brain: 9 Popular Apps To Improve Cognition

Your 1+1 Team
February 4, 2023

Seniors need to exercise not only their body but their mind as well. As you age, you’re more at risk for memory loss and a decline in cognitive abilities. Your elderly loved one can keep their mind sharp easily by using apps on their phone.

1. Luminosity

Luminosity is a popular brain training app that helps improve memory and cognitive function. The app has a range of games and activities involving memory, speed, flexibility, attention, and problem-solving skills. Luminosity also provides a personalized experience in their program to adapt to your loved one’s personal needs and goals.

2. Elevate

Elevate is another widely-used brain-training app! The games and exercises on the app are designed to help with critical cognitive skills such as memory, focus, and processing speed. Elevate also offers personalized data and feedback on your loved one’s performance and progress.

3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

CogniFit Brain Fitness likes to call itself “a gym for your brain.” The app aims to exercise the mind by having over 40 different activities to help with attention, flexibility, mental agility, problem-solving, etc. You can track your progress and compare scores with other users.

Reducing Stress & Anxiety

Stress and anxiety can worsen our cognitive functions. Feeling these emotions can cause us to have difficulty concentrating, remembering things, and processing information. Luckily, there are a variety of apps designed to help lower stress and anxiety levels.

4. Calm

Calm is an app that centers on mindfulness and meditation. The app includes a variety of features! It provides guided meditations and breathing exercises to clear and relax your mind. The app also has helpful articles on a range of topics such as ways to deal with anxiety and improve sleep.

5. Headspace: Mindful Meditation

Headspace helps reduce stress and anxiety by teaching users how to focus on the present. The app has a variety of guided meditation practices and mindfulness tips.

6. Happify

Happify aims to help users learn positive coping skills and improve their mindset. A range of interactive activities such as games, quizzes, and journal prompts are available on the app. You also have access to a library of articles and videos on mental health topics.


Learning new things and feeling inspired is not only fun but also great exercise for your brain! Keeping the sparks of creativity alive helps cognitive function. You can stimulate the mind with the following apps:

7. Ted

Do Ted Talks sound familiar to you? These short, informative speeches have been trending for years. The talks cover an assortment of topics from experts in a variety of fields. These speeches can range anywhere from the latest scientific discoveries to personal stories of coping with adversity. The TED app allows you to view TED talks with their transcripts and behind-the-scenes footage.

8. Khan Academy

Khan academy is also a notorious app known for its rich insight on a variety of topics. This app provides an abundance of educational resources such as video lessons, articles, and practice exercises. Whether your loved one is interested in finding out more about astronomy or world history, Khan academy is here to help them further their learning.

9. Duolingo

Has your loved one always wanted to learn a new language but never had the time? Duolingo makes committing to learning a new language easy! The app offers a wide assortment of languages to choose from and a well-developed system to encourage you to stay learning.

There are a variety of ways to improve cognitive skills and apps are one easy way to flex that brain! You can read more articles with 1+1 Cares to learn how to improve your loved one’s aging experience.

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