We think about board games and even video games as being fun activities for children and even family time, but what about for the elderly? When it comes to elderly care, games can be a great activity, even if they end up playing alone or with the elderly care provider taking care of them.
There are many games and types of games that you can choose from and each one will have a different effect, not only on the people playing, but also on the mind. Some games require considerable thought, planning, and strategy. The more that you have to think through different moves, and concentrate, the more of a positive impact it will have on mental acuity and strength.
If your elderly loved one is dealing with any type of dementia or even Alzheimer’s, for example, and it’s something that has been relatively recently diagnosed, then you will want to find ways to get them thinking and exercising their mind. Games like concentration can be a powerful tool to help develop stronger memory skills and can actually help slow down some of the symptoms of these mental problems.
Games are also a great way to bring people together. For example, if you don’t live far away from your loved one, you could schedule a family game night at their house, or invite them over to your house. With you and the rest of your family, you can play a number of different games and spend time talking together and enjoying one another’s company.
Most people tend to think that bingo and card games are all that elderly individuals will enjoy playing, but with today’s technology, you could even find that video games or even online games that people connect using social media platforms (like Words with Friends, a Scrabble variation) can be a great and convenient way to spend some time with your loved one. Set up a Facebook page for them and invite them to play against you. This is the type of game that they can play, make a move, and then wait for you to play; it doesn’t need to be played in one sitting.
Ultimately, the more that you keep the mind exercising and thinking, the better it is for any age. When it comes to elderly care, games can bring families together and offer wonderful opportunities for laughs, thrills, and quite a bit of fun.
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