There is some evidence that doing puzzles is good for the brain. And if you like doing them, there are a lot of different types of puzzles available online. Working on some puzzles is great way to pass the time at home and do something that’s good for you at the same time.

Also, you don’t have to be very computer savvy. Most of these puzzles can be printed off for you to work on. Here are some ideas for online and printable puzzles for your senior friends and relatives.


You have probably heard of sudoku. It’s a logic and number puzzle that actually originated in France but became popular in Dell puzzle books after 1979. Most major newspapers print a sudoku puzzle every day.

Websudoku is a great free website for doing sudoku puzzles. You can do them online on your computer, tablet, or phone, and you can also print them off. You can select from several different difficulty levels.

If you like this type of puzzle, there is also kakuro, which is related to sudoku. With kakuro puzzles, instead of finding the numbers one through nine in a square of nine boxes, nine times, you are adding up numbers in a line. If you like sudoku, then you will probably like kakuro, too. Again, you can do them on your phone, tablet, computer, or print them off.


There are an enormous number of websites where you can find crossword puzzles. The LA Times gives you access to their daily puzzle for free, for example. Again, you can play it online or print them off. Just search for “free crossword puzzles” and you’ll find lots.

Jigsaw Puzzles

There are apps and websites that let you do jigsaw puzzles of different levels of difficulty. You use your mouse or trackpad or finger to move the pieces into place. Of course, there are also real jigsaw puzzles mad of paper and cardboard that you can do on a table. If you like puzzles, there is no limit to the size and difficulty you can work on.

If you know some seniors that are into puzzles, then there are plenty to choose from. And if the seniors aren’t computer savvy then you can print puzzles off for them and drop them off. Puzzles are a great activity and stimulate the brain at the same time.

The Hamlets at Deer Park is an independent-living senior village in Red Deer, Alberta. With a warm and caring atmosphere based on tenets of Christianity, generous amenities, and a calendar full of activities, The Hamlets at Deer Park is the go-to independent-living community of central Alberta.

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