Games are the perfect topic for this month’s feature article. Sometimes we just need to stay indoors (like recently due to the air quality from the devastating fires), and a game is a great way to make new friends or to pass the time alone. Games provide mental stimulation, which is great for our overall well-being. For some people, playing certain types of games might be beneficial for things like mood, memory, concentration, reasoning, and imagination. Games can be especially helpful for your brain if they require you to learn something new.
With the holidays coming up, a game might be the ideal gift for someone you know (or maybe you want to drop a hint to a family member so you get just what you want ). Any of these can, of course, be ordered online, but with great toy stores like Five Little Monkeys in downtown Burlingame and Talbots Toyland in downtown San Mateo, you can also check many of them out in person. As you know, at Sterling Court we play lots of games. Just check out the calendar and you’ll see some kind of game happening practically every day. Join in! In the meantime, here are 10 games we found online at www.GreatSeniorLiving.com that you may not know about:
Qwirkle: Mix and match tiles with different shapes and colors, scoring points by completing or adding to lines of the same shapes or colors.
Dixit: Out-bluff your opponents while using your imagination to match stories to beautifully illustrated cards.
Rummikub: Be the first one to play all of your numbered tiles by placing them in consecutive sequences or groups of the same numbers or colors. (We love Rummikub at Sterling Court!)
Dominoes: Play all of your domino tiles before the other players by laying them down end-to-end with matching tiles that have already been played. (Another great game we play here at 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays!)
Ubongo: Race against other players as you try to solve puzzles of interlocking geometric shapes in order to grow your treasure of gems.
Jenga: Beware of gravity as you try not to be the one who pulls out the wooden block that makes the whole tower come crashing down.
Tsuro: Lay your own tiled path while avoiding the paths of other players that can send you the wrong way or off the board completely.
Chronology: Put your historical knowledge to the test by trying to be the first one to build a 10-card timeline based on the correct order of events.
Latice: Play all of your tiles before anyone else by matching them on different sides and strategically using sun squares and wind tiles based on what you think your opponents still have in their possession.
Mahjong: Be the first player to build a winning combination of tiles based on rummy-like groupings of symbols and characters.
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