Games For Senior Citizens

By staying active a senior citizen can stay young and healthy.

Games for senior citizens can help to stimulate the brain and body which has been proven to slow the aging process. I am all for anything that might slow down the aging process - especially if it is easy and fun to do.

After retiring it is often easy to become isolated. We no longer have to get up and go someplace every day. Plus, many of our friends were workplace buddies. 

However, learning new games and activities can help to get you out of the house and around other people.

Card Games For Seniors

Card Games are an inexpensive form of entertainment. Before video games, people played card games as a regular form of entertainment.

I know when we lived in Wyoming, it was very common to meet up with a group of friends on Friday and Saturday evenings to play cards. It helped to pass the long winter.

Many card games can be played alone. However, most require two or more people to play.

Card Games That Can Be Played Alone

  • Concentration
  • Solitaire

Fun Card Games For Groups

  • Bridge
  • Canasta
  • Euchre
  • Gin Rummy
  • Hearts
  • Pinochle
  • Poker
  • Spades

Board Games for Senior Citizens

Board games are always fun to play and most are very easy to learn to play. Plus, they are especially fun to play with grandchildren or younger individuals.

Other Games For Senior Citizens

Other Ideas

Karaoke Night

Many senior grew up enjoying music. Having a Karaoke night and letting everyone sing along to remembered songs is a fun evening for most seniors.

Name That Tune

Another take on the music idea is to play “Name That Tune”. You can have someone, who plays the piano or guitar, play the first few notes of a song and let everyone guess the name of the song. You can have teams or just let everyone shout out the answers. Decide on a type of music such as, gospel, jazz, show tunes, 50's...etc.

This is always fun and gets everyone to reminiscing about what they were doing when the song was popular.


This is a fun game for all ages. You can choose to use titles from books, TV shows, movies...etc.

Outside Games For Seniors

There are many games that help to keep seniors active even if they have a mobility problem.

  • Even in a wheelchair, seniors can play a game of bowling. Purchase a child's bowling set that is made from plastic. Set the pins out on the driveway and have a contest to see who can knock the most pins down.
  • The same with basketball. Most seniors can still shoot the basketball throw the hoop. However, if there are physical challenges, the net can be lowered and a soft, rubber ball can be used in place of a regular basketball.
  • Horseshoes is a favorite yard game of many seniors. Again, you can purchase a plastic toss or light metal set to use.
  • Bocce is an Italian lawn game that is becoming very popular in the United States.
  • Croquet is a lawn game for all ages.
  • Badminton is a lawn game that is similar to tennis.

Electronic Games For Seniors

The Wii sports helps to get seniors moving. Play tennis, baseball, or go bowling all in a virtual world in your own living room.

AARP has many computer games for members and nonmembers to play on their website.

For more ideas, check out the local college's continuing education classes and the local senior citizen center.


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