Trivia Games for the Elderly

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The body needs regular exercise to stay in shape. The brain, too, needs mental exercises to maintain cognitive skills, such as reasoning, awareness and judgment. These stimulate and provide long-lasting effects for thinking and memory processes. Trivia games are particularly beneficial, because they can originate from an era when the person was young and not only challenge the memory power, but bring back scenes from their youth.

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Name that Tune

Name that Tune is a trivia game that seniors can really relate to. You need a good singer and a guitar or piano player. First buy a song book that has the songs from the era you want. You start by playing only the first three notes of the song, and if no one can name the song, you play four notes. Continue in this way until someone names the song. When the song is recognised, everyone can sing along.

Make Your Own

When you know the average age group of the players, you can find an online trivia database and make games based on movies, songs, politics, fashion, sports, advertisements from the past and more. Put a question on small cards, and have each person draw one card. They have to answer the question, and if they don’t know the answer, the next person gets a chance. It continues around the circle until the questions are gone. The person who answered the most questions wins.

Board Games

Trivial Pursuit is a famous board game where each player needs to answer questions on general knowledge and popular culture. It has trivia from decades past that senior citizens will enjoy remembering. The DA Vinci Game is another board game where puzzles and hidden meanings need to be found. It takes mental agility and knowledge of history from ancient times to the present. Where is Moldova is another board game where general knowledge, tactics, memory and luck will help you gain countries. In the trivia board game Things, players get outrageous topics to answer, such as what the dog is saying when it barks, or things you can never find.

Computer Games

There are hundreds of trivia games online that stimulate and refresh anyone’s mind. Seniors who have computer skills can play alone or with someone else and keep score. There are also games that test brain power and help seniors improve their mental capacity.

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