Research regarding degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia has long suggested that keeping the brain active by playing games, doing wordsearches, therapeutic bingo, puzzles and simple maths games can help to delay the onset of symptoms. A study at Southampton University in 2002 found that bingo players had a faster mental speed and memory, and found it easier to search and process new information that those who didn’t play – with the study finding that the older bingo players (60 to 82) were actually faster and less likely to make errors than their younger bingo-playing and non-playing counterparts. Even more excuse to play, right?
Where we play to keep our brains active
There are a few bingo sites that are particularly colourful, bright and simple to use, with a variety of traditional bingo games and speed bingo games, which is just perfect for stress relief! Some of these are listed in more detail below:
Wink bingo offers a wide variety of games, including 75 ball bingo, 90 ball bingo and 5 line bingo, as well as progressive jackpots for those who want to play for bigger money.
Another bold and bright site that’s easy to use and easy to follow, Lucky cow bingo offers two bingo games: 75 ball bingo and 90 ball bingo.
For those with less-than-perfect eyesight, Cheers bingo might be a good choice, as it has large fonts and bright colours and they also offer just two games: 75 ball and 90 ball bingo.
How bingo could help your health
A recent U.S. study by the Case Western Reserve University found that bingo not only helped players to socialise with others, but that using cards that were high-contrast (so that the numbers were easily differentiated) and that were large enough for all players to easily see helped to improve a number of cognitive, perceptual and visual skills often encountered by Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s patients. With online bingo, screen size can easily be changed and the type of game played can all be adjusted to suit an individual’s personal taste and abilities, which makes it perfect for those who may be encountering some cognitive difficulties looking to improve their brain function. If improved memory is what you’re looking for, online bingo could help.
Bingo for Kids
Bingo isn’t just for adults. It’s a brilliant way to teach children a whole host of skills and to introduce them to a wide range of concepts, including numbers, shapes, letters and simple maths skills. As an example, you could create a simple bingo card for each child with 9 numbers on each card. If you like, use brightly coloured pens and include shapes, letters and colours too. Instead of simply calling out the numbers for the children to shout “Bingo!”, call out sums and the answer to those sums is what the children have to find on their bingo cards. As they get older or for an extra challenge, ask them to make up their own sums.
Playing bingo with the family, whether you’re playing traditional numbers-based bingo or a children’s version of the game, is an excellent way to bond – whether you’re 5 years old or 85. Shared family time is so important, and any game that brings everyone together as a family and has you all in the same room together will help to bring you closer together. Think about it – bingo can help to not only strengthen and improve your mental health but your emotional health too.
Why do we love to play bingo?
Bingo is a brilliant way to provide stress relief. Get lost in the numbers, have a natter with your friends or roomies and win some money or just enjoy the ride, whether you’re playing online or offline. Bingo isn’t complicated to learn and anyone can pick it up, which is what makes it so fun!
Now you know that bingo is not only great fun but great for your health and wellbeing too, what better way to wind down at the end of a day than with your friends, a cup of tea (or a glass of wine) and a great game?