Birthday Games for Older Folks

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Getting older doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun.

Birthdays don't have to be boring just because you are getting a little older. Though action-heavy games may be out of the question, you are not doomed to snooze fests every time you blow out your candles. Gather your friends and family around for games that are fun for all ages.

Board Games

Board games are fun for everyone. You can go with the classics, such as Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble and Sorry. Skim through the games isle for newer games your guests might enjoy, as well. If you prefer word games, Taboo, Scattergories and Mad Gab may work for you. Games like Cranium, Scene It (comes in many themes) and Battleship are board games with a twist that may suit your birthday festivities. Similarly, card games, such as Phase 10, Uno and Skip-Bo can be fun for even the older folks at the party.

Games about the Birthday Guest

Tailor your games for the person celebrating the big day. The Easy Party Ideas and Games website suggests a true and false game, where all the guests are separated into two teams. The teams take turns telling stories about the birthday man or woman and the other team has to guess whether the stories are true or false. This game plays on how well your guests know the person, as well as test their storytelling skills. You can make your own Bingo cards with items of interest for the birthday guest instead of numbers. Make up trivia questions about the guest of honor and hold your own game show. Similarly, you can hand out index cards to all your guests and have them write down a fun fact about themselves. Shuffle the cards and read each aloud. Guests guess who wrote the fun fact and the person who baffles the most people wins.

Word Games

Word games are especially good for people with limited mobility. The Deep Fun website suggests a game called "The Name Game." For this game, have someone start the game by saying the name of someone well known. The next person must think of a name of a famous person whose name starts with the first initial of the last name of the last person. For instance, if the first person says George Washington, the second person may say Will Ferrell. Another game mentioned on the website is "It Could be Worse," in which someone starts the game by saying something harmless, such as, "I almost ran a red light on my way over here." The next person says, "It could have been worse. You could have gotten a ticket." The players continue saying what could have been worse than the previous statement. "The Blessings Game" works similarly, by pairing up your guests and have them out-bless each other. One person may say, "May you never go hungry," and their partner has to build on that one, out-blessing them with something like, "Or thirsty."