Tablet or other game device for someone with a brain injury

A friend of mine had a heart attack while out in the woods. Her family called for help and did what they could, but her brain didn’t get enough oxygen for a few minutes. She will probably never recover.

I visit her weekly, today I visited her and showed her my tablet. The games I had loaded for her were too hard for her to play. She couldn’t see well enough to spot the different colors and the icons were too small for her to touch. She really seemed to like it though and asked me to bring it again next week. (She never asks for anything, so I’d like to get her something she can use.)

I have seen kids in stores playing games that seem to have large icons and lots of bright sparkly things happening. I think that something like that would be great, but I am having a lot of problems finding something that she would be able to handle.

Any and all suggestions will be gratefully received and considered.

Would Bejewelled or some other match 3 game work? There’s dozens of variants so you should be able to find one with different shapes and colors. There might be one that can work for her. Some of them will have in-app purchases and others will have (possibly) confusing side games, so it will take some experimentation.

You might also look through the resources on this reference doc from the Library of Congress which contains links to game resources for people with disabilities, including vision troubles.

Good luck. My sympathies to you and your friend.

While I don’t know of any, have you tried some relevant Google searches, for example “games for brain injured adults”:

So I’ve been thinking about this - I would recommend looking at Bigfish’s games. They’re a reputable publisher and have games for both PC and mobile. Here’s their android page -
You mentioned kid’s games. I wanted to say, Amazon has a program called Free Time Unlimited. For under $5 a month, you can access their collection of dozens of games. This works on Android phones & tablets in addition to Amazon’s line of products.

It might be worth signing up for a month or two, just to get a feel for her interest and activity level. Maybe she’ll find something she enjoys there.

Finally - you might want to speak to her physical therapist. Games are increasingly being used in therapy to work on improving a patient’s adaptations. They might know some good resources for you.

I agree. There are caregivers out there who have likely already wondered about this and found (or created) a variety of games that have large images and are cognitive-level appropriate.

Contact a local disability support organization. They might have some ideas.

You might try lumosity which has games designed to help improve brain function. Also games with motion controls might be useful.

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Hey flatlined,

Just want to give you a pat on the back. Good of you to be such a great friend.

~ enipla