Board Games for The Elderly – Keep Amused and Healthy
Board Games for The Elderly – Keep Amused and Healthy the title of this article – we will show you quite a lot of board games and explain the title for you.
Because you played many of them during your lifetime you will enjoy playing them again.
How can they keep you healthy.
Quite simply they will help your brain by stimulation.
Tests have shown that stimulating the brain can ward off the onset of dementia and alzheimers.
For more information on Brain Stimulation please read this article from Wikipedia.
There are many board games for you to remember and enjoy.
We will name them in this article.
Enjoyment of Board Games
Why did you enjoy board games so much.
Was it the socializing.
The interaction with and the company of many friends and family because it was a great way to waste a few hours.
Did you enjoy the strategy of the game so that you could play the game well.
Was it the thrill of winning or just playing the game for the sake of the game.
It really doesn’t matter, whatever the reason, just that you played the game.
It was probably meaning that you had good company so this meant that you could pass a few hours enjoying yourself and taking part not only in playing but also having great conversations.
Some Popular Board Games
When I was growing up we played many different board games.
These games included:
- Expand City
- Trivial Pursuit
These are o0nly a few of your favorite board games that you once enjoyed.
Search for them they are available.
My Personal Favorites
I am going to let you in on a secret,my favorite board games, so that you know.
I absolutely love Monopoly due to it’s competitive strategies you can adopt when playing.
Other board games listed above and I will place them in the order that I enjoy playing them are Scrabble, Chess (although I am not very good at it), Trivial Pursuit and Pictionary.
The reason I enjoy the others is mainly for the social contact and laughter except for Chess. Once again this one is in the list due to game strategies.
Everyone has their favorites and this is only natural.
We are all different so we will have different things that we like and our own reasons for liking them.
Board Games for People with Dementia
As you are able to imagine board games for the elderly and board games for people with dementia, while the majority of these people are elderly, will be different games.
Firstly we will need to understand what dementia is so that we can look at ways to be able to converse with them.
At this point I should point out that I have no medical training so I would suggest to you that you do your own research and seek advice from a qualified practitioner. This is particularly important for the section below.
The Stages of Dementia
There are no signs of dementia and people function normally and are mentally alert.
As we age we then start to forget.
Most people never see this as a stage of dementia and you should let your loved ones live independently as long as there are no signs that they may injure themselves.
I believe this is where I am at.
Once you notice your loved ones suffering increased forgetfulness along with issues of concentration and problems driving.
This is the time to get a professional opinion as well as most likely no more driving.
You will now find the next stage is early stage dementia which can last for about 2 years.
Signs of this stage are forgetting things more often, trouble remembering days and dates, misplacing items, trouble finding the right words, losing interest, experiencing trouble planning activities and jobs, and memory of names of new acquaintances.
At this stage, if you are a caregiver, you should have a daily plan as well as be getting, for yourself, support for emotional issues.
There are actually another 3 stages but if we were to go into this here it would be another article.
We therefore refer you to this article called The 7 stages of Dementia which details in plain english exactly what the stages are and from which we have got the above information. It is on the site Leisure Care.
Communicating With a Dementia Sufferer
To communicate effectively with a person suffering from Dementia you should
Look the person in the eye, introduce yourself, speak clearly about the topic after you tell them what you are going to talk about.
Only talk about one thing at a time and continue to talk in a loving voice with clear pronunciation of words.
We encourage you to read this article from Leader Live on Tips for Engaging a Person With Dementia in a Conversation.
Games for Dementia Sufferers
You can get some specialist games for dementia sufferers which means they will be suitable for your situation.
There are, however, some old favorites that may do the trick as well.
These games should be brightly colored and appealing.
Keep them simple and not too complex so as to not highlight what they can’t achieve but rather what they can achieve.
If the game has a time factor in it this is not good for dementia sufferers as it will cause stress.
Games that meet these criteria include many old favorites like Noughts and Crosses, Bingo, Snakes and Ladders, Dominoes and Draughts.
You can now get bingo with only numbers and large letters to make the process easier for the sufferer.
You can easily buy specialized games online.
Another great way to help dementia sufferers are jigsaw puzzles that are limited to around 35 pieces and are relatively easy to complete.
If someone liked a dog you can probably get one of a dog.
Online Games for Senior Citizens
Board games are everywhere on the internet and quite often Free to play although you can also get premium games if you pay.
The free versions will ensure that they will suit all budgets.
A word of warning though.
Before venturing into a lot of these games ensure you have a very good internet security tool working on your computer.
A number of years ago I had a free version of a tool installed on my computer and it cost me $800 to have my computer fixed although I think I was overcharged for this service.
I am not saying all free things are bad or ineffective I am just telling you of an experience I had.
I play a few games on the internet myself and generally only ones that are on Facebook as I believe they may be better protected but as with all things on the internet you do need to protect yourself as much as possible.
Find you favorite game by searching through your favorite browser.
Check it as much as possible through your internet security program.
Simply enjoy it.
Thank you for reading our article Board Games for the Elderly – Keep Amused and Healthy.
I hope and trust you have found something of interest and you have had some of your questions answered.
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