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Board Games are an Alternative for Active Older Adults
What are your favorite board games? Chess, Monopoly, Scrabble, and Risk still rate as the top board games for many players. I have always liked Clue and I just found a new one, at least new to me, Mancala.
The essence of a board game means that you must interact with a small group of people. It can never be a solitary endeavor. Board games are challenging and fun. They may require logic, deduction, strategy, or chance. They are exercises for the brain. And most of them relatively inexpensive.
The top game boards for social older adults
The Westminster Village community can participate in board games at least once a month. Inviting friends over to your home for food and board games is a great way to spend a Friday or Saturday night. Board games are a great way for family to reconnect when they come to visit. Board games have allowed my family to have great conversations and to share memories over the play.
If you want to start a collection of fun games to play, consider Sorry, Ticket to Ride, Battleship, Apples to Apples, Pictionary, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, and Mahjong. Many games can be played by folks of all ages.
Active adults can check out board game cafés and bars
I’ve read all the information about the younger generation making mush of their brains while playing hours and hours of video games. The news might distress me if I hadn’t just learned that, since 2014, board game cafes and bars have been popping up around the country. You can enjoy some food and drink and then sit down with friends or strangers to play a board game.
Board games are still a great way to interact with friends. At Geeky Teas in California, owner Donna Ricci saw how board games brought people together. “I think people are seeking places to socialize,” Ricci said. “I think they’re seeking community, to find closer, in person relationships… where they can build communities and friendships.”
Lafayette has its own board game café that opened in the fall of 2016. Merlin’s Beard is a full-service restaurant with over 200 game board titles. For $5, you can play as many games as you’d like. The staff will even teach you how to play new titles. They do offer memberships too. You can have lunch or dinner while you play or learn your favorite board game.
It’s not unusual for retirees to gather in public, shared spaces in retirement communities and games would be a great pick-up activity. It’s definitely better for seniors who might not be up for a pick-up game of basketball or football.
No matter where you play or what you play, board games can create a social event for friends and family. So, play a round of Clue and figure out killed Colonel Mustard in the library with the rope. Your family and friends will be glad to play along and help you figure it out.
–Elaine of the Westminster Village Blog Team
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