So Grandma loves to play games (board, tile, card) and could play all day everyday. In 2014, before she moved into an ALF (she now lives with me), she was playing fairly difficult and strategic board games with me. When she moved in the ALF, there was no room to play these games. So Grandma didn't play some of them for a whole year.
Now when we play games, she doesn't want to play any of the difficult board games. She only wants to play easy, mindless games like Rummy and Dominoes. I don't mind playing those every once in a while, but they bore the crap out of me and I can't play them all the time. I can sometimes get her to play some of the less complicated of the difficult board games and the more we play, the better she gets at them.
My main question is this: Isn't it better to get her to play games that require more thought, strategy, and concentration than easy, mindless games? I like to think that these board games challenge her brain and help keep it sharp. So should I try to get her to play these games even if she doesn't want to? I sometimes tell her she gets a treat if she makes an effort to play them. That usually helps. But I don't know if I'm doing the wrong thing. What do you all think?