Games for the Older Generation
While we sell and promote many of the games mentioned on this page, the idea is that it should serve as a general guide for anyone who is interested to know more about games that suit people of more senior years. A great many traditional games are suitable for older people. Two that immediately spring to mind are Shuffleboard and Bowls. Bowls is enjoyed by millions of people throughout the world on a weekly basis and although many youngsters also play the sport the vast majority of them are over 60. There are bowling aids available for people who struggle to bend down properly. The game of Bowls comes in a variety of forms:
- Crown Green Bowls - a Midlands / Northern England game
- Lawn Bowls and Indoor Bowls - played more in Southern England and internationally
- Short Mat Bowls - an indoor version of Lawn bowls for limited space played with full-size bowls on 45 foot mats
- Carpet Bowls - a more sociable variant enjoyed in village halls and community centres - uses smaller bowls and a 30 foot mat
In America, Shuffleboard is viewed in a similar way. Shuffleboard courts can be found in virtually every hotel and beach resort throughout the state of Florida and large clubs are found all over the USA, some with more than 50 courts. Shuffleboard is also popular in Japan, Australia and Brazil and is now beginning to be taken up in Europe. It is particulary good for those more advanced in years because there is no need to bend down and while the game has a relaxed feel, it can be taken seriously by those with a competitive streak. Of course, all our board games are suitable for people with limited mobility as are many of our table-top games. A particularly popular item is our large print Scrabble game - ideal for for those who are long-sighted.
See also: Games for people with disabilities & wheelchair users. See also: Games for visually impaired people.
Leading Games for the Elderly
Indoor Games that Popular With the Older Generation
Other indoor games that tend to be enjoyed to a greater extent by the older generation:
Outdoor Games Popular with the Older Generation
There are loads of outdoor games and games of dexterity beyond bowls that are regularly enjoyed by the older generation. Some would argue that traditional Pub games are played more by older folks than by youngsters. The following are all excellent ideas for older people (although it might help to have a whippersnapper along to pick up the balls or skittles...)