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So being that there may be some questions as far as cognitive skill and eyesight; what are some good games to start out with? Please check out my collection and see if you can recommend some games to start with.
 
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SET is a good recommendation! Easy, fun, and can be enjoyed by many.
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Might be interesting to ask them what games they have fond memories of and try to track them down for next time.
 
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I think that pandemic might be worth trying from the cooperative perspective.
 
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autumnweave wrote:
I think that pandemic might be worth trying from the cooperative perspective.


I'd be afraid it'd be too complex. Remember, vision & shakey hands may hinder playing some games.
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You might do well by learning some classic games that they may already know and enjoy, then maybe working toward more modern/complex stuff.

What about Cribbage, Dominoes, or Farkel? Those are all good games that have been around fror a long time. Or perhaps games that are a lighter, faster variant of such games like Hive is to Chess? Or perhaps lighter versions of popular BGG games like Forbidden Island is to Pandemic? That's my suggestion because I suspect that cognition and eyesight may not be as big a challenge as getting people out of their routine and comfort zone.

It's awesome that you're going to play some games with these folks! I'm sure it will mean a lot to them. thumbsup
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Yeah I'm thinking Hive may be an ace. What about Carcassonne or Dominion (if the eyesight is good)? I don't think those games are too complex.
 
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From your collection, I would try Biblios, For Sale, and Ticket to Ride. If you don't mind picking something up, I'd recommend Coloretto, which I play with my 80+ year old grandmother and she enjoys.
 
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Card games usually go over well with seniors, esp. if the numbers/details are easy to see. You have Bohnanza and that's probably a good pick. Easy to learn and IIRC, the cards are easy to see. Jaipur is probably good, too, although since it only plays 2, you may be limited there.

Other choices you own might be Lost Cities and Jambo.

Beyond that, I might suggest Forbidden Island as a cheap, easy co op. The tiles are nice and big in that one and easy to read and handle.

Maybe Haggis, too, as a good card came choice.

Oh, and the 10 Days In... series (any of them are good -- I prefer Europe and Asia) is an easy route building game and everything in it is pretty easy to see and handle. Plus, the theme is travel, so most people can get behind it.
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From your collection:
+1 Bohnanza
+1 Unnamed Object - especially the gamblers

Others that are usually popular:
Cheeky Monkey
Rummikub
 
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Most of the seniors I know find learning new games to be quite a challenge, and even an exercise in frustration. With rare exception, cognitive abilities are slipping, and even playing old games can be too much.

I'd stick to classics with minimal hidden information and high randomness to start. Parcheesi comes to mind.
 
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You will find seniors of varying physical and mental capabilities. There will be people not capable of keeping up with Wahoo, and seniors who will smoke you at Bridge.

Bring a variety of games and see what people are interested in.
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Most of the seniors I know find learning new games to be quite a challenge, and even an exercise in frustration. With rare exception, cognitive abilities are slipping, and even playing old games can be too much.

I'd stick to classics with minimal hidden information and high randomness to start. Parcheesi comes to mind.


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Also consider how many people you want the game to support. I used to volunteer at a senior living facility and call Bingo. Any and every one of them that wanted to could take part.

It also makes a big difference if this is an assisted living residence, a nursing home, or a retirement community. Again, you will find varying cognitive levels at each, but that could help you decide what games to bring. And if you go back, you should have a much better idea for next time.
 
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If you're going in to some senior's home, just make sure you call ahead so they don't have you arrested for breaking and entering.
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