ChessKidsNation teach Chess for Senior Citizens in City Senior Centers.
KEY BENEFITS OF PLAYING CHESS FOR SENIORS
Let’s start with the obvious. Chess is mentally stimulating.
Players have to think about the moves that they can make, along with the moves of their competitors. While there are only six individual types of chess pieces, each type has its own distinctive movement pattern.
Not only do players need to learn the game, they must also be able to adapt to the actions of their opponent. A game between two well-matched opponents can be challenging indeed.
Exercising your brain is important for improving cognition and for fighting age-related cognitive changes. Doing so requires more than just using your brain regularly. It’s also important to push and challenge yourself with new approaches.
Chess is especially powerful in this area, as the game is never the same twice. You need to adapt to the moves of your opponent, while they do the same to yours.
Even two people who regularly play against one another will continue to learn and push one another cognitively.
Playing chess only requires a chess board and a set of pieces.
Because chess has been popular for such a long time, you can easily find an inexpensive chess set.
4. CHESS IS A SOCIAL EXPERIENCE
Chess works well for connecting two people. The slow and steady nature of the game (most of the time!) helps with this aspect too.
It can be a particularly good way for caregivers to connect with seniors, as there is the chance for the two to grow in skill together. In fact, playing with the same person regularly is powerful for honing cognition and building friendship.
I already mentioned the social side of chess, but there’s more to it than that. Chess is also relevant because it is a game that many seniors play.
This means that seniors can often find chess clubs to join. Such clubs provide a great connection between people of the same age.
Local clubs may be listed in any number of places. Meetup sites are a good place to look, along with local papers. Your local senior center may also know about such groups.
Once you learn the basic rules, chess is a fun game. One of the best parts is just how different it can be from one game to the next. Different opening moves or mistakes by one play can significantly change the nature of play.
Chess requires thought and concentration, so it might not sound like the best game for relieving stress. But, these aspects actually work to your benefit.
I’ve found that when I’m concentrating on a game, it’s hard to think about anything that is bothering me. By the time the game is over, my emotional state and thought patterns have changed.
Please contact us to know more about our Chess Classes for Senior Citizens.