Clover Care Corner

Tuesday, Apr. 13th 2021

Elderly Long Term Care Boosts Cognitive Abilities for Seniors

Elderly long term care at Clover Care Home is committed to making everyday living fun and enjoyable for seniors. Many activities are available to our residents to participate in with other residents and visiting family members. We have found that playing cards and games can mentally stimulate seniors in elderly long term care but can also improve hand and finger dexterity.

For seniors in elderly long term care who have arthritis or issues with mobility, card games can be a fun option. Some of the more popular card games are Rummy, Poker, Pitch, and Bridge. Playing cards are easy to pick up, and easy to read, large-print cards is another advantage. For the more tech-savvy seniors, portable electronic devices such as smartphones and laptops make it possible to play mobile games. When residents prefer to pass the time alone or while waiting for an appointment or for the dinner hour, mobile games are a great choice. Growing old does not mean you can’t enjoy living in an elderly long term care facility; you can spice up your days with memory games especially for adults that can help stimulate favorite memories.

There are also many benefits of playing board games for seniors in elderly long term care. At Clover Care Home, we have experienced how residents playing card games and board games is hugely beneficial for seniors. Several studies have shown that these recreational activities help in maintaining cognitive function, mental clarity, and memory retention. Playing board games, in particular, helps prevent early onset Alzheimer’s and dementia by keeping older adults’ brains active and functioning. In addition, playing board games improves social skills and interpersonal relationships.

We suggest the best board games for the elderly are Scrabble, Chess, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Yahtzee. Scrabble has long been a classic, favorite word board game that utilizes both chance and skill. We recommend Scrabble for older people because research shows that it significantly reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Another classic is chess, a two-player game that stimulates and engages the brain. It also improves logical reasoning and problem-solving skills. Most importantly, this classic board game has been proven to lower the risk of age-related cognitive illnesses like dementia. Monopoly is good for practicing problem-solving and decision-making skills that seniors in elderly long term care have the experience and wisdom necessary to win.

One of the most popular board games residents of elderly long term care is Trivial Pursuit. Seniors love this board game because it has the classic gameplay that everybody knows is easy for seniors to understand the mechanics of the game. Likewise, seniors enjoy the questions because many of them are from their era. Trivial Pursuit allows elderly seniors to have a fun game night with the whole family, since the game is good for both adults and children. 

Yahtzee is great entertainment for those who love playing dice games. The objective is to score points by making specific combinations of cards similar to Poker. Yahtzee is often recommended for elderly long term care because it keeps seniors’ brains sharp and prevents age-related cognitive decline. 

When you feel it’s time to move your family member to elderly long term care in Kansas City, contact the administrator at Clover Care Home in Shawnee. We provide conscientious, professional, caring services to residents throughout the metro. Call us at 913-991-2605 and schedule an appointment to find out how we may help your loved one find competent, person-centered care in a safe, clean environment.


The care our mom has received at Clover Care has been nothing short of exceptional. The country setting helps to add to the inviting atmosphere in which our mom has thrived. The staff is always friendly, knowledgeable and caring. Clover Care has made a difficult situation seem like a natural transition in life. We would recommend it to anyone looking for long term care of a loved one.

- Jeanne D. & Vicki L.

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