by Christopher Taydus
A number of important historical sites, artifacts, and documents shed light on early board games. Whether it be the ancient Egyptians and the game of Senet, or the Mesopotamians 4,600 years ago playing the Royal Game of Ur, Board games have been played in most cultures and societies throughout history.
There are many benefits to playing games as well. Board games help the brain retain and build cognitive associations well in later years. The hippocampus and prefrontal cortex especially benefit from playing board games. These areas of the brain are responsible for complex thought and memory formation.
One of the primary benefits of playing board games is reducing the risk of cognitive decline, such as that associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Keeping your mind engaged means you are exercising it and building it stronger. A stronger brain has lower risks of losing its power.
Starting on Tuesday, January 19th, Oak Crest Now will feature a new recurring segment called ‘Oak Crest Game Showdown’ that will highlight various board games. The show will see our residents and staff team up to compete in various family style games. Our first show features Associate Executive Director Mark Roussey and resident Del Lloyd facing off against Philanthropy Director Todd Sullivan and resident Audrey Buchanan in two classic competitive games: Catchphrase and Pictionary.
Catchphrase is a game similar to charades. The timer starts as one member of a team tries to get his or her team to guess the word or phrase on a card. A clue-giver can make any physical gesture and give almost any verbal clue, but may not say a word that rhymes with any of the words, give the first letter of a word, say the number of syllables, or say part of any word in the clue (e.g., “worry” for “worry wart”). When the team guesses correctly, the other team takes its turn. Play continues until the timer runs out. The last team to secure a correct guess when time runs out scores a point.
In the Oak Crest version of Pictionary, one team member heads up to the drawing board and receives a card. On the card is a word or phrase that they must get their team member to guess without speaking or drawing any letters, words, or numbers. The team gets one point for each correctly guessed clue completed in the 90 second time limit.
So be sure to tune in on Tuesday, January 19th at 10:00 AM to ‘Oak Crest Game Showdown’ on Channel 973. The show will reair at 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM, and it will be available on demand the following day at www.oakcresttv.com.