Board Games for Brain Health? 10 Ideas for Your Next Game Night
We live in a golden age for people in their golden years, with more opportunities for wellness than at any time in history. At the Village at Woods Edge we strive to support our residents and healthy aging by focusing on wellness and all of its dimensions – body mind and spirit.
You might not immediately equate wellness with board games, but games and group activities offer many benefits for supporting well-being, from stimulating your mind with the intellectual challenge to the social benefits of a night out with friends.
Game nights are always popular around the Village, particularly now that the weather is growing chilly and fall is in full force. If you’re looking for game night ideas, here are a few of our favorites:
- Chess. In person or online, there’s arguably no better mental stimulation than a round of chess, from the opening gambit to the unpredictable end game.
- Backgammon. Ideal for introverts and thinkers alike, backgammon can be enjoyed at home, the coffee house or virtually anywhere!
- Scrabble. What’s a good word for a lively evening with this classic board game? Amazing. Congenial. Or perhaps, for the truly ambitious: Frabjous.
- Monopoly. Can you make it through without getting sent to jail. Can you collect your $200? This American classic never gets old!
- Trivial Pursuit. There’s nothing trivial about showing off your deep well of trivia from historical tidbits to scientific fun facts.
- Apples to Apples. Combining the stimulation of word play and the fun of a group, Apples to Apples is arguably the perfect addition to your next dinner party.
- Mah Jongg. Whether you have one player or four, this game with tiles will start you thinking and leave you with a smile on your face.
- Bingo. Large groups love to set up in an activity room to see what luck might come out of the draw tank. Bingo nights are all about the social spirit.
- Card games. Finally, at the Village, we also love a good card game, whether you want to join a Bridge club or rustle up a game of Hearts or Spades.
Interested in making a bid for your social wellness? To learn more about the Village and our social wellness programming, contact us today to schedule a consultation or tour. Game on!