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Adults like to play games. It’s fun, social, competitive and can even stave off Alzheimer's…or so the experts say. Games also encourage deep, slow thought that helps remove us from the stress provided by electronic devices and the problems of the day.

Scrabble, a word-building tile game, was created in the 1930s. As legend has it, didn’t become popular until the early 1950s when the president of Macy’s discovered the game while on vacation and ordered some for his store. Within a year, Scrabble was a hit!

Mahjong, a game featuring 144 Chinese pictures on tiles, challenges you to get all 14 of your tiles into four sets and one pair. Mahjong is a game of skill and luck, with most of the skill built around maximizing the chance that you get lucky.

Since the 1930s, bridge has been one of the most popular card games in the world. Except for chess, there are more books about bridge than any other game. Bridge tournaments continue to attract thousands of players who compete to become Life Masters. Four players are needed to play and each start with 13 cards so the whole deck is used. Tricks, trumps and dummies are some of the terms, moves and strategies used in bridge.

Magic, The Gathering is a trading card game that requires incredible intellect, but in a different way than chess, poker, mahjong or bridge. It inspires storytelling and sparks creativity while keeping steady with the gaming tenants of bluffing and strategy. Started in 1993, the game has about 20 million players worldwide. Before taking on an opponent, one needs to design a deck and fill a board with creatures that have many capabilities, such as casting particular spells and diverse attacking abilities. It is also playable in twenty to thirty minutes, but it can become favorably addictive.

The Nintendo Wii was released in 2006, but it's still a great source for group activity. Included with the system, WiiSports is a collection of sports games meant to have players facing off against one another in simplified versions of the actions performed when playing tennis, bowling, golf and more.

Remember to relax and have fun, allay today’s culture of technology and play a game. Many of our scheduled programs will allow you to walk-in and play or watch and learn. Come out and join the fun!