Have you noticed how assisted living homes and residential facilities for the elderly always have a game room? This is because games, such as board games or playing cards, are enjoyable, elevate the mood and have umpteen health benefits too. Gumtree outlines some of the top therapeutic benefits of playing games for better senior health. But before that, why don’t you browse through Gumtree to buy the perfect board game for the ones you love?
Senior benefits of playing board games and cards:
1. Social interaction: Board games and cards are highly entertaining, social activities to participate in. These games can be a medium for older people to spend quality time with their loved ones. This, in turn, can reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.
2. Reduces stress: Playing games and having fun promotes the production and release of endorphins that can lower blood pressure, build immunity and reduce stress and anxiety. Seniors who play games regularly can help maintain their mental balance and feel calmer and more peaceful.
3. Stimulation of the mind: Memory loss, brain fog or mental disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s set in as people get older. Thus, playing board games and cards can help keep their minds sharp, focused and challenge the brain every day.
4. Fine motor control: Board games with their small tokens and pieces can be highly effective in increasing and improving fine motor skills in the elderly, particularly those with diseases such as Parkinson’s. There are specific games that are designed to make players more dexterous and to improve coordination of the fingers, joints and limbs. Card games, too, require shuffling, dealing and holding several cards simultaneously, improving hand eye coordination, reflexes and dexterity.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local sport and leisure information close to home.