According to most studies, and as obvious as it could be, Seniors are the ones that are playing the most bingo. Whether it’s because they enjoy playing it, they are having a good time with their friends, maybe it used to be popular back in the days so they got used to it, or it’s just an activity to do to fill up their free time with something challenging and exciting. Since their time for playing sports and physical activities that will trigger the adrenaline has passed, they are seeking for something that can replace that feeling, and betting with money evokes similar feelings to those.
On the other hand, playing bingo has several advantages and healthy reasons that are great for the elderly people, and many doctors and therapists are encouraging the bingo, almost all senior houses already have bingos in their weekly schedule, so let’s see the reasons behind this.
- Hand-to-eye coordination
It is inevitable, and unneglectable, that the reflexes and hand-to-eye coordination decline as the age pass by, therefore seniors may, and will, have problems with it. This is perfect practice for the coordination, and fast reactions, whether it’s online or on the table. The speed and the repetitive nature of the game allow the seniors to practice and maintain a high level of both, reflexes and coordination.
- Boosting Cognitive Abilities
The second healthy reason to play this game is the improvement of cognitive abilities. Here we have the mental flexibility, the sharpness of the brain, the short-term memory and the information input of your brain. All of the above-stated are practised and repeated with each number of the bingo and will remain to do so if the elders remain to play bingo. Statistics show that bingo players perform much better than non-bingo players in mental tests where speed, memory and information input are tested.
- Physical health
A lot of laughter, funny moments and excitement are what this game can offer. The general health can be improved as laughter is known for a good medicine for stress relief, boosting the immune system, changing the body and the wrinkles, or even diminishing some pain.
If seniors want to be healthy, they need to be socialized and maintain a good friendship with other elderly people with the same goals and ambitions. This is perfectly done while playing this game, and with most of the bingo players tend to get to know each other outside the bingo game as well, this is the perfect occasion for new friends.
- Accelerates Healing
Studies show that elderly people with recent surgeries and heavier sicknesses recover faster after playing bingo and had less time spent in the hospital after the surgery. With all the positive attributes that we mentioned above having a major impact, like socializing, laughter, positive fun times, it is inevitable that they also help with the acceleration of the recovery period, therefore Bingo is always a good idea after a surgery!