How Can Keyboarding Games Help Your Elderly Loved One?

by Kathy
(Kansas City)

First of all, I suppose I should describe what keyboarding games are and how keyboarding games can help your elderly loved one. If Mom or Dad is losing dexterity, focus or hand-eye coordination, keyboarding games that focus on computer keyboards may be the answer.

Yes, in the "old days" these exercises or games were relegated to typewriters and typing classes. Today, however, computer keyboards come in a variety of sizes and styles – lucky!

While many keyboarding games are designed for children, they can also be easily applied to seniors in order to enhance focus, memory, finger dexterity, reasoning, and functional performance.

A number of online keyboarding games are available on the Internet, but some of them require you to log in using some form of social network such as Twitter.

The basic purpose of keyboarding games are to improve typing skills and speed, but when it comes to your senior loved one, just focus on the benefits to dexterity, flexibility, and range of motion.

For example, one fun keyboarding game is called Cup Stacking. You stack and unstack cups by typing in the characters that you see on them. It's a great way to enhance focus, processing skills, as well as attention - in addition to the benefits in the physical dexterity.

You can find a number of online keyboarding games by simply typing "keyboarding games" into your favorite browser search bar. However, when accessing these games, make sure that they don't go too fast or are too complicated or overwhelming for those with cognitive issues such as Alzheimer's, in which case they may only lead to agitation!

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Keyboarding Games for My Elderly Mother
by: Deb

I've downloaded a couple of the keyboarding games that are easier, which I found by accessing a number of websites that provided such games based on grade level.

I found that though some of the exercises are quite simple, they're perfectly suited to my elderly mother, who is delighted that she's refreshing her "long forgotten" typing skills.

Keyboarding Games
by: Abbie

I read your article and tried one of the games with my elderly father. We did try that cups stacking game.

It took a couple of tries, but pretty soon, his ability to look at the screen, then at the keyboard, and then back at the screen improved both his speed and processing, and now he does pretty good at it!

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