Chloe Miller battles Parkinson’s every day but that doesn’t keep her away from the bingo table. She said she believes by concentrating on using her hands and finger to pick up the markers and putting them in place it’s good therapy.
For some folks, Bingo is a waste of time – or so they say. But Primrose Marion has a faithful dozen who play Bingo three times a week.
Scientific studies are revealing that playing bingo can have some not-so-obvious benefits. Research has shown that playing Bingo is good therapy for aging people. Bingo requires hand/eye control, concentration hearing and then looking for the letter and number as they are called, and offers tons of socialization and – yes, competition.
Winning is a great joy, but most seniors don’t only play to win. They actually enjoy the excitement and social atmosphere! Recent research has shown that playing bingo stimulates the following health benefits:
• Cognitive strength: University of Southampton’s psychology department, conducted tests that measured mental speed, memory and capacity to absorb specific kinds of information. The results concluded that bingo players are quicker and more accurate than non-bingo players. Research also found that older players outperformed younger players, so if you think our brains go into a steady decline as we age, think again.
• Social well-being: Bingo gives seniors a fun and safe environment to connect with new and old friends while enjoying a game they all love to play. It brings seniors together while providing them a sense of belonging in the community.
• Physical health: If you have ever attended a bingo event at a senior center you may have experienced the laughter and excitement. Simply relaxing while playing a game with friends helps reduce stress and depression amongst seniors, improving their physical health.
At Primrose Marion, folks play for a fun size candy bar and not money. It doesn’t cost to play, either.
For Nancy Reep, who recently lost her husband, it has helped with her loneliness and gives her something to do, she said.
Pat Scroggins also plays for ‘something to do’ and other reasons. “I just like being with everyone and it makes me use my brain,” she said.
Chloe Miller struggles with Parkinson’s but says she finds playing bingo can be both a blessing and a curse. On good days, she zips right through the games. On bad days, when he hands seem to be the most unsteady, she said she struggles to keep the markers in the right squares and also often has trouble picking up the markers.
“When I came here and saw they had bingo so often, I was pleased,” she said. “I used to play with others and really enjoy the game. It’s nice seeing people. I really enjoy being with people on those mornings.”
by Brenda Donegan
Life Enrichment Coordinator
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