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FitBingo and FitWord

As we grow older and enter the twilight of our years, we start to lose a number of our faculties. This can be difficult to adjust to, both for the individual and his or her family and loved ones.

We can become more susceptible to physical disabilities. The World Health Organization has reported that 10 percent of the world has a disability. This percentage doubles to 20 percent for those who are aged 70 or over, and 50 percent for those aged 85 and over. We are also more prone to loneliness and mental health issues such as dementia.

Dementia, also known as senility, is a decline in mental ability that interferes with daily life. This syndrome includes memory loss as well as Alzheimer’s Disease, which is the most common type of dementia (60 to 80 percent of dementia cases). Symptoms include impairments in the following areas: memory, communication and language, concentration, reasoning and judgment, and visual perception.

Overall, aging brings a loss of independence. We are less able to do those activities of daily living (ADLs), such as clothing and bathing ourselves. The older we become, we most likely will need some form of assistance. But there are some ways to at least slow the decline of aging as well as to promote health and wellbeing. Some of the ways is by playing bingo and word games such as word search, crosswords, scabble to name a few.

FitBingo is a variation on the game Bingo. The goal is to achieve either a full line across, down or diagonally. All cards ar individually produced by ourselves and no two cards are the same. These cards change with every game played. Each card is printed on A4 size in large print.

FitWord is a reminiscence based activity which comprises of word puzzles such as word search, crosswords and word scramble. The puzzles are printed on A4 in large print. At present we have a number of topics available and we are able to customise topics on request. Each session will have a new puzzle and the answers are given through the session.

Intergrating the cognitive with the physical fitness is done by alternating each exercise group during the session.

Please take a look at our media library to view samples of FitBingo and FitWord classes.