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  • Writer's pictureGabriela Chim

How can games help the elderly as they age?

Playing games isn’t just for children. As simple as they may be, games have the ability to engage the elderly and create a sense of fun for them in the same way that it does for children. As senior citizens get older, they might begin to lose certain physical and mental functions that they once had and begin to experience age-related conditions such as limited mobility and dementia. Most games for the elderly can stimulate the brain and improve one’s memory, which improves their overall brain function.

Besides boosting one’s cognitive functions, there is also a social element of playing games. It allows seniors to get together regularly for a classic game of bingo or mahjong. Consistently seeing other people not only allows elderly people to socialise and interact with their peers but also prevents loneliness and isolation, which is becoming increasingly common amongst the ageing population.

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