Wordle, the new word puzzle that gives you six chances to guess the five-letter word of the day has captivated people around the world. It’s no wonder. The game is simple, fun and just hard enough to become a daily challenge. Wordle for seniors can also be a way to stay sharp and relieve stress. Take a look at how Wordle for seniors (and other word games) can help your mind stay fit.
Sharpen your mind
Wordle for seniors is a great way to push the brain, keeping it more agile and sharp. Although Wordle is too new to show results from in-depth scientific research, one study detailed in the sciencedaily.com article, “Regular crosswords and number puzzles linked to sharper brain in later life,” showed the more often seniors play word or number puzzle games the better they were at activities for evaluating memory, reasoning and attention. They also found that older adults who played word puzzles actually had brains that functioned at levels similar to someone ten years younger!
Improve your vocabulary and spelling
It’s probably been a few years (or decades!) since your last spelling bee, but just as it was then, the best way to improve spelling is to spell words over and over. Wordle for seniors is a great way to improve spelling because unless the word is spelled correctly the first time, it will count as one of the six allotted attempts to get it right.
Wordle for seniors is also a fun and easy way to improve your vocabulary because as you eliminate letters, you may need to consult a dictionary, opening you up to new words that might fit the puzzle. Although the words used in Wordle aren’t particularly exotic just having a little inspiration from a dictionary can help point your brain in another direction to find the right word sooner. In fact, according to the teachstarter.com blog, “Wordle in the Classroom: How Teachers Are Using the Viral Word Game” Wordle is fast becoming a teaching tool that helps with both spelling and vocabulary and is great fun for kids in the classroom.
Enjoy a little social competition
Another facet of Wordle for seniors is that because it is so popular, solving it can quickly become competitive among friends and family. Seniors can play together and test their abilities against each other on their cell phones or tablets or try Wordle Together online where anyone can play against another willing player. And for those times when a fun group game is in order, such as parties and family get togethers, watch for the Wordle board game coming from Hasbro which is anticipated to be on sale in October 2022.
Boost your self-esteem
There are few things that make us feel as good as being successful at something. Although it may take a week or two to become proficient at Wordle for seniors, once you begin getting the correct word after one or two attempts, you will begin to feel the emotional effects that solving the puzzle provides. According to thetedxeuston.com article, “5 Stunning Benefits of Word Games For Seniors, playing and winning at word games can actually cause the release of dopamine in the brain, which plays a part in feeling pleasure. So, playing word games every day may help boost dopamine and help seniors feel better about themselves.
Playing Wordle for seniors can also provide a brief but fulfilling respite from stress and worry. As your ability to concentrate improves and your brain devises tactics to find the right word as quickly as possible, you leave the outside world behind and immerse yourself in the puzzle at hand. The same is true of many games that require concentration including crossword puzzles and Scrabble. Or try some of the challenging word Games & Quizzes from the wordsmiths at merriam-webster.com.
Games are fun and Wordle for seniors is just one of many possibilities. At Sonrisa we take fun seriously, so each day offers plenty of ways to laugh and enjoy the carefree retirement lifestyle you deserve. Learn more about how seniors are living longer and healthier lives – download our free Guide to Aging Well.