Fun & Games
Posted by Birdston Care Home
Our residents at Birdston Care Home are a competitive bunch and enjoy a good game of dominoes so Birdston’s Activities assistant Anthony organises a few games each week.
Anthony splits the group into different teams each week so that everyone has a chance to play alongside one another. Moira has struggled to play past games of dominoes due to her poor eyesight, so Anthony was kind enough to make sure he uses larger dominoes with larger dots to ensure Moira is always able to join in on the fun!
Games are a good source of entertainment for our residents but they also have major health benefits such as relieving stress and combating memory loss and depression. A British Medical Journal study notes that the risk of dementia was 15 percent lower in board game players than in non-players. Board games can enhance memory formation and help exercise cognitive skills. A lot of games also tend to be low stress and can be calming, helping lower blood pressure. In many instances, games encourage coordination and hand dexterity, which is important for aging adults.