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Brain games

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March 14th, 2017
Cathleen Turick plays Headband, a game that challeng-es her to guess the word “shark” written on the board behind her, while asking for clues from other players.
Cathleen Turick plays Headband, a game that challeng-es her to guess the word “shark” written on the board behind her, while asking for clues from other players.

Quick thinking, along with a few laughs, comes from Tallgrass Creek’s Sunflower Room each week when several neighbors gather to participate in a unique class offered by the fitness team. 

The one-hour class called Neurobics is designed to exercise the brain and takes place at 1 p.m. on Friday afternoons. 

“We play board and card games and work puzzles that work the brain in different ways,” says Fitness Coordinator Cydney Cunningham. “It’s a mentally challenging class that is actually beneficial for all ages.” 

The class challenges community members to enjoy different “thinking” experiences and games each week. 

One game, called Head Band, directs a player to guess a word written on a board behind him or her that only other players can see. The cardholder must guess the word within a certain time frame by asking yes or no questions to other players. 

Other games include Clue, a popular whodunit; Great States, which matches facts with states; Quirkle, similar to dominoes; Upwords, a word-building exercise; and other critical thinking activities. 

Including the Neurobics class, the weekly exercise schedule at Tallgrass Creek now includes 27 aqua and land classes. The aquatics classes meet in the community’s large, temperature-controlled, indoor pool, and the land-based classes take place in the community’s clubhouse classroom. 

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