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The Benefits of Playing Bingo for Seniors

Residents of The Crossings at Brookwood were happy to gather up their nickels and come play a round of “Nickel Bingo” with their friends!  It was great to get together and play a few games of Bingo; even if they had to wear their masks and sit socially distant. 

Aside from the socialization part of playing games like Bingo, benefits abound for seniors, including:

1. Increases Mental Flexibility and Alertness
Bingo requires its players to be mentally alert and aware of the numbers on their card, what the announcer is calling, and requires a great deal of mental flexibility and alertness to stay in the game. In fact, research has shown that Bingo players were faster and more accurate than non-Bingo players when it comes to mental speed, memory, and the ability to gain information from their environments. It is also suspected that the long-term mental activity seniors gain from games like bingo can improve cognitive abilities.

2.  Exercises Hand-Eye Coordination
Bingo can help seniors maintain hand-eye coordination even as reflexes and coordination generally decline with age. Bingo is a fast-paced game that requires players to mark their cards as numbers are called. Because of the fast-pace and repetitive nature of the game, studies have shown that playing the game can improve hand-eye coordination, which, in turn, can delay the onset of mobility issues and other age-related obstacles.

3. Accelerated Healing
Bingo is a social game that can reduce the time required to heal from an injury, illness, or surgery. A recent study found that seniors who played games like Bingo during a recovery period following a surgery or other illness had shorter hospital stays and faster healing times. The study also found that seniors who played Bingo or similar games had a decreased risk of depression.

4. Laughter
Anyone who has seen a Bingo game knows it comes with a lot of laughter and when it comes to aging well, laughter may truly be the best medicine. Studies have shown that laughter decreases stress hormones, increases immunity, and triggers endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemicals. Laughter can also lower blood pressure, improve cardiac health, and produce a general sense of well-being.

5. Socialization
Bingo increases face-to-face contact with others and having an organized activity can pull even introverts into a fast-paced game. One study found that face-to-face contact is actually like a vaccine, making us more resilient to stress, improve memory, and even lessen pain. Bingo is usually a weekly commitment and engaged seniors will develop relationships and friendships during these games that can lead to other commitments, outside of the Bingo game.

Come Tour!  See why we have been awarded …

  • 2003 MADACS award winner for Senior Property Excellence
  • 2015 MADACS award winner for Senior Property Excellence
  • Best 55+ Housing Sun Post Readers Choice Award Winner 2011, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • 2020 MADACS award nomination for The Most Outstanding Charitable Event - Toys for Tots
  • 2020 MADACS award winner for Senior Property Excellence

Stop In or Call Today!  See for yourself why The Crossings at Brookwood is  
A Multiple Award-Winning Senior Living Community!

6201 N. Lilac Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
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