Wordle for Seniors - A Great Game to Keep the Mind Sharp

July 25, 2023
July 25, 2023

Seniors are encouraged to keep their minds active to help them stay happier and healthier overall, but it also may have a positive impact on cognitive function (the ability to clearly think, learn, and remember). Word games are an ideal way to do that, and one of the most popular ones right now is Wordle. It’s easy, fun, free, and surprisingly social! Here’s everything you need to know about Wordle.

The Word on Wordle

Engineer Josh Wardle originally created Wordle as a gift for his partner, but it rapidly became an international phenomenon, with thousands of people around the globe playing every day. The game eventually became so popular that it was purchased by The New York Times. You can play Wordle for free on its games site; no app is required.  

The aim of Wordle for seniors is to guess a five-letter word in six tries. With each guess, the tiles change colors to show which letters are not in the word (gray), which letters are in the word but in the wrong position (yellow), and which ones are correctly in the word and in the right place (green).  

What makes Wordle such a sensation is that everyone plays the same puzzle, it’s easy to share your puzzle on social media without spoiling the answer, and the game amps up the anticipation by allowing only one puzzle a day.

The Benefits of Wordle for Seniors

Aside from the fun and friendly competition Wordle inspires, it can also help keep your mind sharp. In fact, a 2019 study found that adults older than 50 who regularly enjoy word games have brain function equivalent to those nearly a decade younger. Here are some specific benefits of Wordle for seniors’ brains:

  • Improved concentration – Wordle requires focus which can help with critical thinking, task completion, and attention span.
  • Improved memory – Word games activate the part of your brain responsible for short and long-term memory.
  • Increased brain capacity – Just like when you exercise your body, exercising your mind builds and strengthens that muscle.
  • More social opportunity – Socially connected seniors may have a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
  • Stress relief – Over time, everyday stressors can negatively impact brain function, and Wordle provides seniors a welcome distraction.

Keeping Your Mind Sharp in Senior Living

Residents at Friendship Retirement Community love this game too, but Wordle isn’t the only way to keep your mind sharp here. We offer a full calendar of social events, activities, and outings, as well as clubs, classes, guest speakers, discussions on current events, and volunteer opportunities, so you never have to worry about staying active and engaged. Plus, all this fun is right outside your door!

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