Do you have any young relatives who are vastly into video games? Probably so, and this comes as no surprise given that 47% of gamers are between the ages of 18-35 ,but have you considered adding video games to you own list of hobbies? You might be surprised to learn that there is an increasingly growing number of americans aged over 50 who participate in video games. In fact, the American Association of Retired Persons and the Entertainment Software Association, conducted a study which found that 38% of Americans aged 50 and over, play video games!  You may also be surprised to find that some of these avid elderly gamers, have even established mild fame by attracting over 700,000 youtube subscribers  who enjoy watching them play.

Video games can be a fun source of entrainment that help keep the elderly cognitively sharp while also easing feelings of loneliness. Many elderly individuals spend countless hours alone with little to do and many have noted that video games serve as an outlet to help them feel more socially connected. Many video games allow you to connect and play alongside many other live users and players. A few grandparents even mentioned using video games as a tool to connect and bond with their long distance grandchildren, by participating in live matches from their opposing homes. For some of those who have established a fan following on youtube and other platforms, their fans also serve as a sense of family companionship, sending them postcards and flowers the way relatives would. Gaming is serving as a fun and social hobby for countless seniors and it is predicted that the population of elderly gamers will continue to rise, will you be one of these new gamers?

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