Card Games for Seniors

Smiling senior woman playing cards with friend

Are you looking for a fun way to stimulate your brain and spend time with friends and loved ones? Believe it or not, the answer might be lying in your game cabinet. You’ll see why once you try these card games for seniors.

Card Games for Seniors

If you think playing games is a waste of time, it’s time to think again. Not only are card games a lot of fun, but they have a lot of value when it comes to building memory and cognitive skills. Trying some new card games is a perfect way to build some brain-boosting time into your day. Add in the chance to spend time having fun with friends and loved ones, and any senior can benefit from a visit to the card table. But what game should you play? If it’s been a little while since you picked up a deck of cards, let us help you out with some fun card games for seniors.

Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights is a memory and matching game that’s perfect for two to five players. In Crazy Eights, players attempt to match numbers and suits to the card in the discard pile. This game is similar to UNO, but it lacks the frustrating complexity of additional rules and can be played with any deck of cards. It’s guaranteed to be a hit with the grandkids.


Snap is another matching game for two to five players. However, in this game, the goal is to end up with all the cards by the end. Players flip cards to create piles in front of them. If you flip a card that matches another player’s pile, you can say “snap!” to take their pile of cards for yourself. The rules are so simple that anybody can enjoy this game, and the fast-paced gameplay will lead to hours of fun.

Go Fish

If a slower-paced game is more your speed, you might enjoy revisiting an old classic called Go Fish. Go Fish is an easy-to-pick-up memory game that works for two to six players. In Go Fish, players take turns asking each other for cards that match the cards in their hands in order to make pairs. If somebody doesn’t have the matching card that a player is looking for, they tell them to “go fish!” for a new match. Whoever manages to pair all of their cards off first is the winner.

Solitaire Variations

If you prefer to play cards alone, solitaire is the obvious choice. However, if you’ve played enough traditional solitaire for a lifetime, it might be time to check out some popular solitaire variations. For example, Wish Solitaire is a solitaire variant that only uses half of the deck, making it a simpler endeavor. Or if you want more excitement, Spider Solitaire will challenge you to a game of solitaire with two decks of cards to keep track of. You can even play with all the cards facing up if you try a game of Freecell Solitaire. There are many different versions of solitaire, and we bet if you try a few, you’ll have a new favorite before you know it.


We hope these card games for seniors encourage you to try out a new activity. And if you’re looking for some new friends to play cards with, we hope you’ll check out Kinship Pointe.

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