Let’s be playful this New Year

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Let’s be playful this New Year

While walking in the park yesterday evening, I encountered a 70 year old man, quite active and happy. Since there weren’t many people in the park so I thought of giving him company ...

While walking in the park yesterday evening, I encountered a 70 year old man, quite active and happy. Since there weren’t many people in the park so I thought of giving him company. As I walked with him, he shared his routine and hobbies with me which I thought could be helpful for other elderly people his age. As he remarked, ‘I want to be as playful as possible this New Year and want people my age doing the same’ because games have the added benefit of being fun and encouraging bonding and community.

Here’s sharing some of the senior specific games which could be beneficial for your elder parent/ grandparent at home:

Memory Card Game

This classic card game is a great way to exercise memory. Lay all the cards from a deck face down in a 13 x 4 pattern.The first player turns two cards over at random. If they are a match, he gets to keep them and go again.If they are different numbers, he must turn them back over and it is the next player’s turn.As more and more cards are revealed, players are forced to remember where certain cards are in the grid.The player with the most pairs at the end of the game wins.

Name That Tune                                                                                                                       

This game is great for exercising and testing long-term memory. Assemble various recordings of songs that were popular when today’s seniors were young. Play a short clip from a song. Participants must write down the name of the song and the artist. Play 10-15 different songs. Announce the answers one by one. The participant with the highest number of correct responses wins.

Memory Circle                                                                                                            

This game strengthens both long- and short-term memory. Assemble a group of senior citizens in a circle. Go around the circle and have participants share memories of a favorite hobby or activity from their childhood. Once each person has had a chance to share, go around the circle again. This time, have each person recount the same memory of another participant. Continue until everyone has had a chance to recount someone else’s memory.

Share with us if these games made your elder parents and grandparents happy today.

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