Riddles are a great way to speed up mind processes. It would help you increase your thinking speed, problem solving skills and mind alertness. Board games. There are a lot of board games that can help both adults and children in brain training. The American Mensa Society awards best board games every year depending on the originality and play value. There are new generations, too, of video games and consoles such as the Nintendo DS in the hope that they can keep alert the elderly minds. Many of these will no doubt improve memory and there is now speed in solving puzzles like the Sudoku. There are some, like the good old crosswords, that expand vocabulary. As for your brain, blood circulation is enhanced which means more nutrients and nourishment are delivered to your control center. Moreover, energy production is improved along with waste excreting processes. Studies involving elderly women indicate that those who moved away from the sedentary lifestyle and slipped on their walking shoes manifested lesser chances of memory loss and reduced mental functioning. Challenge it every now and then as your day goes on. Develop a habit of engaging in a stimulating talk with a friend or colleague. Take on new hobbies and master new skills. Welcome something new such as learning a foreign language or art. The given actions will improve the blood flow in your brain thereby strengthening the synapses between the nerves. By understanding the stages of cognitive development on children, it would give parents an understanding on when to introduce children into exercises that will develop their cognitive skills. Brain training would help children in organizing and logical thought, reasoning and even executing functions. According to new studies, participating in interactive games help maintain cognitive functions. Mental activities like reading may delay or prevent memory loss. Even after five years, older adults who had about 10 sessions of supervised brain training had shown long-lasting improvements in memory, reasoning and speed of processing.