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Games for senior citizens

Updated on August 6, 2013

Get ready, get set, now GO buy some games for senior citizens!

Looking for some good old fashioned family fun to share on Valentine's Day or Christmas or, well, any day of the year? Dive into a few of these great games for senior citizens with the grandparents and you just might be surprised at what you'll learn. It's a great way to spend some quality time with our loved elders.

My Mom lived with me for the 5 years before she died so I had a lot of time to explore good games for senior citizens. Mom and I enjoyed playing cards so I invested in a few decks of large print cards. I was a bit reluctant to note that the large print playing cards were really as nice for me as they were for my favorite senior citizen! As Mom's arthritis flared, I came up with a way for her to 'hold' her cards - I got a long container and filled it with split peas. She could just stand her cards up in any order she wanted. I've since found that there are actual items on the market to aid our senior citizens in playing cards...but, really, who the heck knew?

Mom and I would also play older board games such as Monopoly, Scrabble or even Clue but we also would have fun just reading the cards from a Trivial Pursuit game. Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune (the TV shows and games...) were also great fun.

So, come along with me as we ramble (slowly) down the path to some great games for senior citizens.

Note: The pictures on this Squidoo article are either from Amazon or were taken by me - in fact, that picture right above is of my gorgeous Mom, Gertie, as we played Indian Poker one night. All rights are reserved (not that you'd want it...). To read more about my wonderful mother, check out this link: Pictures of Gertie - life with my 95 year old Mom..

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Senior citizen caregiving 101: Things I wish I'd known
Senior citizen caregiving 101: Things I wish I'd known

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Bingo is an excellent game for a senior citizen

Gather the grandkids around Grandma or Grandpa and get a rousing game of Bingo going. Get a few little prizes to give away, and you've got a sure-fire fun way to spend an evening of quality time with your favorite senior citizen.

7" Wooden Bingo Set with Metal FrameCHECK PRICE

Playing card holders

Aging hands sometimes have a hard time holding playing cards. And, since playing cards can stimulate the mind, how about investing in a few of these playing card holders? A playing card holder and a deck of large format playing cards would be a fun Valentine's Day gift for a favorite senior citizen.

I thought I was being pretty spiffy when I thought up my own playing card holder for my Mom - I gave her a tray filled with split peas and she just dug her cards in. The split peas worked wonderfully - until we had a spill...what a mess. These real playing card holders would have been much nicer:

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Set of 4 playing card holdersCHECK PRICE

For those with a hard time seeing, low vision large print playing cards are a must

I have a few decks of these large print playing cards myself and really love them - I don't have to wear my glasses while in a rousing game of Gin Rummy!

Low Vision Playing Cards _ Bundle of 4 DecksCHECK PRICE

Very LARGE playing cards

I'm not really sure these large format playing cards would be easier to handle for a senior citizen (and I no longer have Mom to test them out on) but I sure think they're fun looking. These would be a great gift for a senior citizen or a smaller child.

Learning Advantage Ctu7658 Giant Playing Cards 4.25 X 7.75inCHECK PRICE

Midway Monsters Jumbo Oversize Playing Cards 8X11-InchCHECK PRICE

Piatnik Giant Size Playing Cards GameCHECK PRICE


American Kennel Club UNO Cards - Sporting Group
American Kennel Club UNO Cards - Sporting Group

My parents and I used to love to play Uno! Somehow, I remember always losing. Uno is a great card game to keep the mind stimulated - it's similar to Gin Rummy only more fun.

This American Kennel club Uno set features 112 cards featuring dogs such as the Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Irish Setter, etc. Loads of fun for a dog lover.


Trivial Pursuit - the 1920 - 1950s version

My folks and I used to love to read the Trivial Pursuit questions just for fun. I wish I had known about this 1920-1950s version as I think it would have been quite entertaining and I'm pretty sure they would have won. I'm also sure that I would have heard some new stories if we had played this game.

Don't let my mistake be yours - buy this game for your favorite senior citizen. Let the fun begin!

Trivial Pursuit The Vintage Years 1920's-1950's by Parker Brothers
Trivial Pursuit The Vintage Years 1920's-1950's by Parker Brothers

If your senior citizen friend remembers Lindbergh to Eisenhower, you've got the right game!


Walk down memory lane with the board game Reminiscing

If your favorite senior citizen loves to recant their life, this Reminiscing board game will delight them. Centering on times from the 1940s to the 1990s, past events, fads, memories, music and clothing will be remembered.

Reminiscing: The New Century Master Edition
Reminiscing: The New Century Master Edition

The board game Reminiscing is a great family game. Although younger kids won't understand the questions, the answers from their grandmother or grandfather will be priceless.


Don't be hateful -

Wheel of Fortune is a great game!

Wheel of Fortune board game

I can hear you laughing. How do I know you're laughing? Because I've been there, done that...Wheel of Fortune? Really?....

When Mom moved in with me right after Dad died, Wheel of Fortune was a regular part of our nightly routine. I thought it was the worst game until...something happened. I got stumped! What??? How's that possible?! So, I started paying more attention and, lo and behold! I fell in love with the game! So, give it a chance....Anyway...

When I was putting together this article, it dawned on me how long it's been since I've been in a toy store. Ages, I tell ya, ages! Anyway, there are now Wheel of Fortune game version for everything> including the Sony PlayStation, Mac OS, Windows 7, Nintendo, name it, there's a Wheel of Fortune for it. Amazing. Anyway, the Wheel of Fortune game her is the more basic, modern version where there's an actual board, wheel and money.

Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune

This Wheel of Fortune game comes with the puzzle board with a frame, the instructions, and the money to hand over to the winning contestants. And, as a bonus, you'll also receive a dozen extra puzzles from the 1980s included.


If your senior citizen friend loves puzzles, don't let arthritic hands hold them back - Large Piece Jigsaw Puzzles

Large piece puzzles are easier to work for those seniors (or anyone really) with arthritis or any other mobility issue. And, don't think that these are the easier jigsaw puzzles out there just because the pieces are big. They aren't...(voice of experience here).

I hope you got at least one valuable piece of information from this Squidoo article. I enjoyed writing it and would love for you to leave me comments.

Are you game? - Leave me comments please.

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Never mind the senior citizens. i love these myself. Great to play them with the seniors too!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great ideas for us oldies . Funny I can still remember a time when I thought 30 was old now at 70 I don't feel any older... well just a little bit when the body does not move like it used to.

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      gcostain 4 years ago

      Ver interesting. Thank you for the great ideas for keeping older minds active

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love these game ideas for seniors. I had no idea about the Trivial Pursuit version from way back. Love it! My dad would have been so good at that one.

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      These games will surely stimulate their memory. Good games for senior! Great lens!

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      JadaFuego 5 years ago

      i am definitely breaking out a new game with grandma this weekend!!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed seeing these games, good to know what seniors would enjoy. BTW took a detour to your lens with your mothers pictures, she was a beauty even at 90+

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy are good for keeping the brain active, too.