Games for the 50+: Strengthening Friendships

In my last blog post, I described a very large study of 32,000 users of the free online multiplayer game, Wizard101. The study found that not only were the Wizard101 subscribers over 50 playing more every week compared to younger users, but that they also reported social benefits from playing the game, including the ability to make new friends and stay connected to old friends. The virtual world aspect of Wizard101 and similar games provide participants with an opportunity to …

Games for the 50+: Benefits Include Socialization, Activity

At a conference last year, several of us at AARP had the chance to hear about the ways in which the 50-plus and those not quite 50 find benefits in playing online multiplayer games.  There are several parts of that last statement that tend to elicit pushback from others – first, many believe online multiplayer video games are played by teens or young millennial men.  Second, the idea of a multiplayer video game may elicit images of violent games which …

The Gift I Didn’t Know I Needed

Before my Pop Pop died, we had a conversation about our conversations. “I miss our talks,” I said one night, sitting by his bed. It was August and, though the doctors said he was in good health, he was miserable. During the day, the pain consumed him and I wondered where my grandfather went, but for an hour or so at bedtime, the Pop Pop I knew came back. “I know you’re hurting, and it’s hard to think about anything …

Making Life Better With Friends

Who is that special person in your life who you call a friend? Do you have one? Do you wish you had one? Do you know how to be one? How many times has someone asked you what you look for in a friend? Did you know how to answer? Friendships seldom happen in a hurry. Statistics show that people with friends are less likely to develop physical impairments and as a bonus are likely to lead a more joyful, …

Segunda Seeking Advice (and You Can Too!)

After a date that went nowhere fast with the jet setter, Segunda has called in reinforcements to help her decide who’s next in the Divorcée’s Dating Game. The tall Cuban architect? The German “Mr. Clean”?  Turns out the architect is a foodie with three young daughters. Will his promise of the best-ever Baja-style fish taco outweigh Segunda’s concerns that they’re at different stages in their lives? The German “Mr. Clean,” she’s learned, is a tri-athlete, perfect gentleman, and father of …

The Gratitude Guide

You’d think that it would be easy to express gratitude — after all, giving thanks should come naturally, right? But the fact of the matter is that people can often have a hard time committing an act that requires such a revelation of true feelings. Which is why Walter Green put together a guide for gratitude, which also identifies things that prohibit us from giving thanks. His first couple of tokens of wisdom: It Doesn’t Really Matter: Most people don’t …