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March 6, 2019

For decades, Bingo has been a favorite among seniors. While today’s retirement communities
offer much more than a weekly Bingo game, it is still one of the most popular games and it
turns out Bingo may also be good for your health.

A fun competitive game of Bingo can bring mental and physical health benefits to the table as

  1. Increased mental awareness as players need to be mentally alert and aware of the
    numbers on their card(s), and what the announcer is calling.
  2. Because of the fast pace repetition that requires players to mark their cards as numbers
    are called, it also helps with the training of your hand-eye coordination.
  3. Anyone who has been to or seen a game of Bingo knows it comes with much laughter;
    and laughter truly is the best medicine as it decreases stress, increases immunity, lowers
    blood pressure and produces an overall sense of well-being.
  4. Studies have shown that playing games like Bingo promotes mental, emotional and
    physical health and therefore may help you recover faster following a surgery or illness.
    It can also help decrease your risk of depression.

Fun Facts:

  • Bingo has been around since the 1950’s and originated in Italy back in the Renaissance
  • Bingo players tend to be very superstitious, some believe in lucky charms, pens,
    numbers and certain colors of daubers.
  • Most players prefer their dauber color to be purple.
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