At Village Green Retirement Campus, our activity calendar offers residents dozens of activities to choose from, from sing-alongs to card games to crafts and outings. Getting together with friends to enjoy a favorite activity is a time-honored way to spend your leisure time. But some savvy seniors are finding a new hobby their own parents never dreamed of: online games.
Computer games might seem like something for young people—maybe you have a granddaughter who loves World of Warcraft or a grandson who’s addicted to Call of Duty—but really, many seniors love online gaming, too. With hundreds of games to choose from, seniors are finding games that are both fun and beneficial.
A recent study published in the Archives of Neurology showed that seniors who regularly played brain-stimulating games had a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. An earlier study in the same journal showed that seniors who played online games also had better driving records and were better at doing everyday tasks like meal preparation. The AARP is so convinced of the benefits of these games that they’ve started offering their members discounts on games made by Posit Science, a company that focuses on games for seniors.
One of the great things about online computer games, though, is that they don’t have to cost money. To play a Wii or Xbox game you have to buy the game system and the games themselves, but many computer games can be played for free on computers available here at Village Green. Here are some fun ideas:
Sudoku is a great brain teaser. If crossword puzzles give you fits, you might prefer working with numbers. The objective is to fill a 9×9 grid with digits so that each column, each row and each of the nine 3×3 sub-grids contain all of the numbers from one to nine. This site allows you to check your answers as you go so you can’t go too far wrong. It’s Sudoku without the stress!
At this site there’s a huge selection of fun games you can search by categories; they have card games, arcade games, word games, strategy games, sports games and even games especially designed to increase brain fitness!
Games For the Brain
At this site there are a collection of fun and engaging games that improve different cognitive skills. They offer online versions of games you might have played before, like chess and checkers, as well as games that are original to the site, like Mastermind, a memory game that involves pictures of famous works of art.
Dragger is another original game that’s especially fun. It improves your visual memory and special skills by asking you to assembling a picture by correctly arranging puzzle pieces. Try a few games to find your favorite!