BINGO… a game for all ages!

k8504272We play BINGO a lot at the YMCA Adult Day Program… where I work part-time…

I think the “prizes” have something to do with how much they like to play…

We bring in anything we find around the house… small items we find on sale…

They love our recycled shirts, blouses, tops, purses…u13731418k19055238

“Beanie Babies” and small stuffed animals are a hit!… 4389da80-5f66-0131-2aae-12f9b5d2986a

Small bottles of cologne for the men…k18613871

Cute ceramics to sit in their room…k22251510

Writing pads and cards…k20796119

Kitchen dish towels…k20656240

They are really easy to please!… bingo!_c

Some of the participants have hearing problems… k8924050

Some have arthritis so bad in their fingers… that it’s hard to move the plastic pieces that cover the numbers on their playing cards…

Some can’t see as well anymore… k8517629

and some have lost the ability to understand how to play… k20286972

We position ourselves with members who need help… as one of us calls the  numbers…

Some are up and down throughout the game… unable to sit still …

Some blame the caller… when THEY can’t hear the number being called…

Some would miss numbers on their cards… if we weren’t peeking at all of their cards in our view..

They usually accept our help gladly… actually motioning or asking us to sit with them… cfr0010

Some are more independent… and really find it hard to accept help…

Some of the participants help the others… loving to be able to help their friends…

A participant is only allowed to win one prize… x15478123

if they win again… they choose a person to give their winnings to… and this seems to work out fine…

I hear…

“I just missed it by one!”……

“Did you say clear the cards?”…

“What was that number again?”…

“Can we play one more game?”…

“Oh, no!… I wanted that prize!”…

“They win all of the time!”…

These “youngsters” are in their 70-80 range I would say… a few younger…

and still enjoy this game…

BINGO anyone??? k3019929

 

 

 

 

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