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Oliver Clozzof
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At the end of the month, I will be going to visit my dad, uncle, and grandparents. My dad and uncle are old. My grandparents are REALLY old. I wish to share my hobby with them, but I fear that a lot of the games that I think are great are just too complicated for them. So what are games that the elderly can at least get the hang of with relative ease?
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You might be underestimating the intelligence of older people...

Define Old as well.

If you're looking for a game to get non-gamers to play, I might suggest something like Bohnanza or Love Letter.
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I would shoot for a game with a lite set of rules. If you go for something complicated, they could lose interest before the game even starts. This isn't because they are old, but rather because they are non-gamers. It really does depend on the individual though; it is very possible and probable that some old people like the same games as you.
 
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Take a look at Sequence. Super simple and still fun. Works well with the "bingo crowd."
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+1 Bohnanza Everyone we have introduced this to likes it a lot.

I think more important than age is how much gaming have they done and what type of games they would like.

If they are new to gaming,
Ticket to Ride
Carcassonne
maybe some fun dice game(s) like Can't Stop or Qwixx or Sushizock im Gockelwok
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We've had success introducing the following games to my step-dad who is in his mid-70's and my mom who is in her mid-60's (they've always enjoyed games like Scrabble, etc.):

Blokus
Qwirkle
Ticket to Ride

We have played games like Pit and Quarto with them for a long time.
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As someone else said, don't underestimate the mind of an older person.

My mom turns 70 soon, and a couple of weeks ago we got her to play Bohnanza (which she liked), Hanabi (which she requested again), Takenoko, and, I'm not kidding you, Escape: The Curse of the Temple, which she absolutely loved, and said was her favorite! I've never been more proud of her...

Edit: Added links. And, on second thought, we played Mondo, one of my lightest games, and she hated it! Is my mom a gamer?
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Bruce Gazdecki
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I would go with party games

Say Anything
Wits & Wagers
Apples to Apples

Others you could trymight be

Family Fluxx or some other version
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Just a reminder to consider their physical infirmities. How well can they see? How nimble are their fingers? How steady are their hands?

Bruiser419 wrote:
Family Fluxx or some other version

May I follow up with Chrononauts?
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My own experience says that age alone has little to do with your question. Eyesite, manual dexterity, and personal inclination are going to be your real limits.

My own mother is in her mid-80s, but she enjoys:
Ticket to Ride
Coloretto
Alhambra
Through the Desert
Carcassonne
Pandemic
Paris Connection
Ra
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Manhattan
Love Letter

On the other hand, my early-80s in-laws will only play Rummikub, and nothing else.

I'd suggest starting with popular games from the Family category with small rule sets. Good luck!
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jill e gamer wrote:
+1 Bohnanza Everyone we have introduced this to likes it a lot.

I think more important than age is how much gaming have they done and what type of games they would like.

If they are new to gaming,
Ticket to Ride
Carcassonne
maybe some fun dice game(s) like Can't Stop or Qwixx or Sushizock im Gockelwok
The Great Heartland Hauling Co.
Dominion



I found Dominion unexpectedly hard for non-gamers to wrap their heads around... The whole deckbuilding exercise seems to be too alien for many of 'um. Just sayin'.
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Junkfoot wrote:
jill e gamer wrote:
+1 Bohnanza Everyone we have introduced this to likes it a lot.

I think more important than age is how much gaming have they done and what type of games they would like.

If they are new to gaming,
Ticket to Ride
Carcassonne
maybe some fun dice game(s) like Can't Stop or Qwixx or Sushizock im Gockelwok
The Great Heartland Hauling Co.
Dominion



I found Dominion unexpectedly hard for non-gamers to wrap their heads around... The whole deckbuilding exercise seems to be too alien for many of 'um. Just sayin'.


With dominion it might be different, but my game-disliking wife said she liked the DC Deckbuilder, and she had an easy time wrapping her head around what she was supposed to do.
 
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It matters less how old they are and more how well their minds work. Some very old people are senile, have Alzheimer's, or are just kind of dull and withdrawn. If they are still mentally active, then they're no different from anyone else regardless of age.

So, do as you'd do for any prospective new gamer. Bring some variety, try to figure out what sort of games they might like, and go for it.
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TWISTER would go down a bomb I should think

You've just gotta laugh.

My parents (both 70+) both like Sequence, so plus 1 from me, but they also like Las Vegas.
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Timeline would be cool to play with seniors.

I'll also support picking games that are easy to read and have large pieces. Not having to hold a hand of cards would be good, too. Arthritis can make playing cards a heck of a lot less fun. (So Timeline might not be great.)
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