Your Brain Exercise of the Week ~ February 7, 2022

Working on your cognition is an important part of keeping your mind sharp and maintaining independence. One way to target your cognitive skills is to complete one or both of the tasks below.

*Remember, for this cognitive activity to qualify as a brain fitness exercise, you should participate at a level that is challenging for you.



In this exercise you have a series of word pairs. Think about how the two words are related to each other. Can you identify 2 ways in which they are similar to one another? Write down as many pairings as you can remember, on a piece of paper. In five minutes, try to recall the paired words without looking at the paper.

You can download and print the exercise here.


Ketchup – Mustard
Couch – Chair
House – Garage
Penny – Nickel
Newspaper – Magazine
Flashlight – Lamp
Bicycle – Boat
Saw – Scissors

If the exercise above feels too challenging, try this modification:

With each word pair think how the two words are related to each other. Can you find one similarity and one difference between the words? Repeat this with each word pairing. 

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If you enjoyed this activity, consider ordering The BCAT® Working Memory Exercise Book-Home Edition for hours of additional cognitive exercises that will help to protect your brain health and promote cognitive functioning.