Fun Things After 50: Jigsaw Puzzles & Ping Pong

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By Dale Bliss 

Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles can be fun, interesting and entertaining for all ages including seniors. Jigsaw puzzles are thought to be one of the best ways to keep minds sharp and can be a way to help keep the brain active.  

They are known for helping with mental speed and being a mental escape according to Professor Marcel Danesi. He is a professor at the University of Toronto in semiotics, the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation. 

Puzzles in general are a good way to improve cognitive skills. The participant needs to concentrate on remembering the pieces and assembling the pieces in a certain order.   

Seniors may need to choose a puzzle according to their limitations. Buffalo Games and Puzzles has a wide assortment to choose from, or download a puzzle app for your tablet from Google Play or Apple’s App Store.

If you have poor vision or arthritis a puzzle with larger pieces may be easier to handle. While many puzzles can be up to 1,000 pieces, 100 piece or less puzzles may be better for those with impairments such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Related: What to Do After 50: Pickleball

Table Tennis

Table Tennis, or Ping Pong, is a sport that is thought of for the youthful and athletic. But it also holds benefits for seniors both physically and mentally. The Pongfit website explains the rules.

Hand-to-eye coordination, quickness of reflexes and quick physical movement are some of the benefits that Table Tennis offers to seniors. This active game can give aid to physical fitness and general health.  

Table Tennis is a low-impact sport. It is easier on the body, overall. Thus, making this sport an option for seniors that want to be active but, at the same time, keeping careful of their limitations. This low impact sport can help in improving balance and coordination which can help in preventing falls.   

It can also be good for socializing and making friends.  

Strategy, fast thinking and concentration are required for this game. This trio has the ability of helping seniors with mental stimulation and cognitive thinking. 

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