These are the most played games by the elderly

Playing games and having fun is something that can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. After all, age is just a number and why should you ever stop enjoying yourself? While you might not be able to do an many physical games when you get older (Twister is likely out of the equation) there are still many that you can play. Games are a great thing no matter your age and are a great way to pass the day by doing something engaging and a little different. They have been proven to fix boredom, relieve you of stress, improve your social skills and stimulate your brain. Whether you are in lockdown or just unable to go out, it is important to keep your brain and mind active. By doing so, you can help your concentration, mood, memory and mind in both the long and short term. Looking for some ideas? Here are the most played games by the elderly.

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Crosswords are one of the most popular games played by the elderly. The method of it is simply, you need to answer various Crossword Clues and prompts to figure out the missing word in a grid. Crossword puzzles have been found to not only be great fun and a way to pass the time, but also have a positive effect on your brain if done regularly. If you get stuck, be sure to check out how to use a crossword solver online for some helpful hints!


Boules is another great game for the elderly and is perfect for those who still want to get out and about but no longer have the physical ability to play something more demanding such as football or tennis. Boules is simple, it involves someone throwing a small ball called a jack and then everyone else has to take turns to throw a boule and try and get it the nearest to the jack. The social side of boules is one of the reasons it is such a popular choice.


Chess is popular with all ages, but especially so with the elderly. This is a great game if you want to play against someone else, while also putting your logic skills to the test. Playing chess is a great way to engage the brain and improve your social and physical health too. It is also a great way to get speaking to someone else, or spend some one on one time with friends or a loved one.

Card Games

There are a whole plethora of card games out there to play. One of the most portable games that is easy to set up and requires little more than a deck of cards and a flat surface, card games are a fantastic choice. Some of the most popular card games include Canasta, Gin Rummy, Bridge, Cribbage and Snap. Card games are a great way to include a social element to your fun too.


If you want to play a game but aren’t in the mood to socialize, puzzles are a great option. There are so many types of puzzles out there, from very hard ones with thousands of pieces to those that are a bit quicker and easier. No matter your preference, you are guaranteed to find a puzzle you enjoy.

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