Why Seniors Should Start Gaming

It’s time that more seniors begin gaming, and we’re not talking classic board games here. There has been plenty of evidence that video games are beneficial for people of all ages, and seniors are no exception. Here are three reasons seniors should start playing more video games, and which video games might be the best option.

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Reason One: Better physical coordination

Video games encourage fast decision making and visual attentiveness. A study found that when played one hour a day for ten weeks, seniors not only were more coordinated with their hands but also enjoyed increased walking speed.

Easy: For a simple video game, we recommend introducing tetris into you or your loved ones afternoon. This puzzle game increases in speed with each level, encouraging seniors to think faster and move their hands faster.

Advanced: Super Mario 64 for the Wii console is a great option for seniors will a little extra gaming history. A study showed that this game in particular helps stimulate brain activity and increase overall happiness when played semi-regularly.

Reason Two: Increased intellectual stimulation

Sometimes seniors establish a set routine, and while routines are often encouraged for mature adults, they can reduce intellectual stimulation. With certain video games, seniors can enjoy drastically increased brain stimulation, which will help cognitive focus and spatial ability.

Easy: Games that encourage strategy and exploration are a great option for provoking intellectual stimulation. For an easier gaming option, try The Legend of Zelda for Wii. This game can provide lighthearted excitement while also requiring strategy in completing the quests.

Advanced: If you’re looking for a more intense video game for advanced senior gamers, try The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This game contains some content that might not be suited for all seniors, so we recommend reading consumer reviews on the content before deciding if this is the right option for you or your loved one to enjoy.

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Reason Three: Happier daily lives

There’s no doubt that games of any nature improve happiness. Why would video games be any different? Gamers older than the age of 63 reported higher levels of happiness after introducing regular gaming into their lives. If you or your loved one has been experiencing signs of fatigue, depression, or social withdrawal, video games might just be the solution you’re looking for.

Easy: Games that have low levels of stress but high involvement are good options for seniors looking to improve daily happiness. Disney Fantasia for Xbox One is a great easy gaming option. By using joyful hand and arm motions, this game turns every player into a professional music conductor.

Advanced: A little more complex than a musical video game, but with very little drama and pressure, Animal Crossing on either the Nintendo DS or Wii is a great advanced game for seniors. This game puts the player in an independent role in a town full with human-like animals. Players then can plant, shop, fish, and even travel at their own will, making this a very relaxing game.

Here at The Waterford, we’re here to make everyday life happier, safer, and more fun. We’re excited to see how video games can impact you or your loved ones life. If you have questions about how The Waterford might fit well with your family, call us today!

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