Are you looking for a new game for a snowy or rainy afternoon? Studies find that card games help keep the brain exercised. It also gives you the perfect opportunity to socialize with the other players. The next time you need an activity to keep your dad busy, try these classic card games.
Blitz is a very simple game that you play with as many decks of cards as you wish. Deal each player three cards. Draw and discard cards to get as close to 31 as possible. You can keep drawing and discarding cards until someone knocks or calls Blitz. At that point, the points in your hand are totaled.
Spoons or Fours
Think of this as a card game’s take on musical chairs. Place items like spoons, chips, or whatever in the center of the table. You want one item for each player in the game. Remove one item from the center of the table and set it aside. Deal each player four cards.
During a round, players all hand one of their cards to the player on their left. Once a player has collected four cards of the same value, that player grabs an item from the center of the table and the other players try to do the same. The player to not get an item is out of the game. Repeat those steps until only one player remains. That player is the winner.
Players are dealt 10 cards. They form sets (i.e. cards of matching values such as four kings) or runs in the same suit (i.e. cards in sequential order and the same suit such as 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. in hearts). A Gin is achieved if all of the cards in your hand fit into sets and/or runs. Otherwise, you knock when you think you have enough sets to beat the other player.
Once you understand how to play Gin Rummy, Canasta is easy yet a little more challenging. You play with two decks. Players have to form sets of seven cards all in the same value (i.e. seven kings) in order to win.
The goal is to be the first player to reach the predetermined point total, such as the winner is the first to reach 500 points. Or, you can set a number of rounds to play and have the player with the highest score at that point win the game.
How do you get other things done? If you’re caring for your dad and need to run errands, do you bring him with you? Have you stopped doing things you enjoyed doing because you’re focused on his needs? That’s a clear sign that additional caregivers are needed.
You cannot let self-care decline when you’re a family caregiver. A home care agency can send caregivers to your dad’s home so that you can take care of other tasks. Talk to an agency about what respite care means and how caregivers can help your family out.