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5 Classic Games Improve Senior Brain Health

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Classic games are fun for seniors

Games are perfect for a relaxing visit with your older adult. Some are great for groups, like when grandkids visit, and others are ideal for quality one-on-one time.

Games are great for senior brain health

Don’t underestimate the health benefits of playing games! They improve senior brain health by encouraging different ways of thinking — strategy, keeping track of things, and math.

Plus, simply having fun with other people keeps seniors happily engaged in life and avoids the health dangers of senior isolation.

Games encourage family and friend visits

Some family and friends might avoid visiting because they feel awkward when they don’t know what to say or do.

Playing a game together is a great way to take the pressure off forced conversation. It gives everyone a chance to get to know each other better through a shared activity.

5 games that seniors (and you!) will love

2. Bingo Home bingo sets aren’t as nice as professional ones, but it’s a fun game. Try this $50 set with wood balls or this $19 set with plastic balls.

  1. DailyCaring tip 1: Trace the letters and numbers on the balls with a permanent marker if they’re too hard to read.

  2. DailyCaring tip 2: You can buy extra bingo cards and use regular markers instead of those little plastic chips to mark the spaces.

You could also play for free by using a free online bingo caller and printing your own bingo cards (choose “one numeric bingo card per page” for the largest size).

3. Connect Four This is a vertical tic-tac-toe game that’s fun for young and old. Here’s the $10 original Hasbro game (the construction is more flimsy these days, ah well).

4. Yahtzee Yahtzee is a fun dice game that keeps the brain sharp. Here is a $10 version from Hasbro.

You could also play for free by buying some dice, printing your own score cards (PDF), and following the official game rules (PDF).

5. Card games Card games are great because you can make them simple or complex.

Here are instructions for a variety of card games, in order from easiest to most challenging:

Bottom line

Fun games are a great way to keep seniors happy, engaged in life, and exercising their brains. They also help visitors feel more at ease and allow closer relationships to develop.

It’s also a smart strategy to get family and friends to come over more often. After all, “Come over for game night!” sounds a lot more fun than “You should really visit Dad more.”

By DailyCaring Editorial Staff Image: About Parenting

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