Posted on Jul 22, 2020 in Senior Activities
With the global pandemic still unresolved, online games can provide valuable comfort against boredom.
Playing games online can also alleviate stress and depression triggered by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Do you feel you could master a few simple processes on a smartphone, tablet, or computer? If so, you could reap benefits in the following areas:
Today, then, we’ll highlight a broad cross-section of online games for your perusal. Not only are these online games enjoyable and engaging, they’ll also help keep your mind challenged as you get older.
All the following games are free to download for unlimited usage.
This site offers a suite of brain games to give your mind a workout.
Brain Curls allows you to choose anything from simple memory games to much more involved math and logic questions.
Each section on the home page has a button you click to Show All. Doing this displays all games within that category.
Check the full list of these games right here.
Chess needs no introduction. Early forms of this traditional game date back to the sixth century in India. The ultimate game of strategy remains a favorite with all age groups the world over.
Did you know you can play chess online, though?
Well, you can. If you’re missing the company of friends across the chessboard as coronavirus stifles socializing, online chess gives you the next best thing.
Compete against the computer or a friend online and keep your mind fully active. Thinking several moves ahead is vital when you’re playing chess. This is hugely valuable for your mind as it ages.
If you want to enjoy a classic board game online without the rigorous demands of a game of chess, why not try checkers?
Play checkers alone by pitting yourself against the computer. Alternatively, trade pieces with a friend online. If you both have an internet connection and an enabled device, you’re in luck.
While checkers might be less strategic than chess, this game still supplies plenty of brain stimulation in your golden years. This is served with a healthy slice of fun on the side.
The tried-and-true crossword puzzle will test your brain both in terms of general knowledge and the meaning of words.
What can you do if you’re not getting a daily newspaper right now? Check out this Mind Games website and enjoy a digital crossword puzzle any time you fancy a mental boost.
Bookmark the site and explore the other mind games if you fancy a change from crosswords. Here’s the other notable option on that site coming next…
Another classic game, you can immerse yourself for hours in word searches.
Daily Word Search can be found on the same Mind Games site featuring crossword puzzles. There are new puzzles to solve every day here, so you should never get bored.
Have fun finding these words just like you did when you were bored as a kid on a rainy afternoon.
This game is derived from the popular Game of Thrones TV series.
GoT Conquest is an online strategy game dealing with war and outsmarting then outdoing your opponents. You need to battle against different clans and kingdoms. You also need to forge strategic alliances with enemy clans. All this requires plenty of deep thinking, perfect to keep aging brains limber.
This game offers you the chance to buy packs for as little as $4.95 if you want to advance and grow your troops quicker. At no point will you be forced to pay, though.
Hidden Objects is the perfect game for seniors. In this game, you hunt for objects hidden in various puzzles.
Searching for hidden objects helps train your brain to locate and recognize things slightly obscured from your view.
Hidden Objects is another freemium game. This means core functionality is free, but you have the option of paying to play if you want to shortcut your progress.
This online jigsaw game offers you the chance to play more than 10,000 free puzzles daily. Mystery puzzles are also included.
Here, you can build and move images right on the screen of your gadget. Dragging and dropping tiles into place develops hand-eye coordination. You’ll get the same brain workout as you would with a real jigsaw puzzle without needing to go and buy yet another physical puzzle.
Seniors worldwide enjoy the classic game Mahjong. Originating from China, this game is playing between up to 4 players using tiles. Often, the game is accompanied by gambling when older men indulge.
You’ll be forced into strategizing, calculating, and employing all your skill if you try your hand at this iconic game.
Find various forms of free Mahjong games online here.
This is a brain game for seniors with a twist. The goal is mental improvement through relieving anxiety and stress.
Personal Zen is designed to be simple to play while harnessing sound science-based principles to help you feel relaxed.
Personal Zen could be a vital aid for your mental health in these challenging times. Why not give it a try?
Scrabble is a board game that’s been enjoyed for generations. If your spelling and vocabulary need sharpening up, there’s no better game. You also need to strategize if you want to outwit your opponents.
Scrabble is played by a maximum of four players using tiles with letters, and corresponding numbers for scoring. Exercise your mind whether playing alone on your gadget or with friends online.
SharpBrains online is a superb resource offering 25 different brain teasers.
Games include optical illusions, riddles, logic, and other feature-teasers to exercise your brain fully.
Navigation is straightforward even if you’re not the greatest tech lover.
Solitaire is an enduringly popular card game predicated on spotting patterns and numbers in the cards. It’s played alone as hinted by the name.
Play Solitaire online in classic form. Alternatively, try out themed variants of the game from golf and Egyptian through to pyramid and spider-styled versions of Solitaire.
Tetris is played by kids the world over. It’s also a very senior-friendly game.
Descending blocks need to be rearranged quickly as they fall. You score when you clear horizontal lines of blocks leaving no empty spaces. You lose a life when the blocks hit the top of the screen. Take care, then, not to allow the tumbling blocks above the top of the playing field.
Tetris is a fun and competitive game that will make you feel like a child again. The inbuilt benefit is that’s it’s remarkably easy to play, too.
We very much hope you’ve enjoyed today’s guide to senior-centered online games.
If you’re struggling with life at the moment, or you feel you might benefit from exploring an assisted living community near you, get in touch with the friendly team here at Landmark Senior Living. We’ll be delighted to arrange for a virtual tour of the nearest senior community.