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Do you know a gaming senior? While it may seem that they are playing away the day, they are experiencing the enjoyment and health benefits of gaming. Yes, health benefits! According to MedicalDaily, several studies have shown that “video games can improve older adults’ memory, ability to multitask and reaction time. In fact, some research has even shown video games could improve the cognitive ability of older adults so much that the brain’s level of function is on par with that of someone in their 20s.” Similar studies have been conducted, which have shown very promising results in fighting even the most brutal of cognitive attackers such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Who is a Senior Gamer?

A senior gamer is defined as an adult over 50 who plays electronic games at least once a month. These games could be played on a console such a Nintendo Wii, Playstation or Xbox, on the family desktop computer or laptop, or on a portable device such as a tablet or smart phone. While the regularity in this definition is very low, seniors are typically gaming with much more frequency. This is great news since studies reveal that seniors who saw the best results are gaming on a regular basis, up to one hour a day, several days a week.

Who is Gaming?

AARP conducted a survey of over 3000 seniors to learn about their gaming habits.

  • 4 out of 10 seniors are current gamers.
  • Seniors most commonly play on desktop computers and laptops (59%) or mobile devices (57%) as opposed to traditional game consoles.
  • 6 out of 10 of gamers are playing online in a semi-social setting.
  • 75% of gamers play weekly at a minimum and this percentage surprisingly rises with age.
  • More women than men are gaming.

What games are seniors playing?

The games being played depend on one’s interest and vary among individuals. Some senior adults report playing all categories of games on a Wii, and trivia or board games on a computer or mobile device. The most common games of the senior population currently tend to be:

  • Card or tile games
  • Logic and Puzzle Games

As Babyboomers who likely have been gaming for years age, we may see these types of game preferences change.

The Trend is Growing

Surprised to learn of this trend? You are not alone. Nearly half of the seniors in the AARP survey report they didn’t play games even five years ago. AARP found that seniors are playing games for fun and to relieve boredom, but as studies show they are experiencing more than only these benefits.

Where Are They Gaming?

A fair amount of seniors are gaming alone in their spare time. Others are finding the joy and support of playing games with others in a variety of settings including retirement communities. Lake Park facilitates a culturally-rich and stimulating lifestyle among a diverse collection of residents in a full service retirement community that is truly like no other.  The spectacular setting in Oakland, CA is matched with the highest caliber of care. We welcome you to plan a visit and discover the range of fulfilling activities we have to offer.

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