Spider Solitaire

The Spider Solitaire game found at aarp.org’s website is an online card game that is fun and easy to play. Though you have to wait for a few short ads to display, the game loads quickly. The score and move counters are easy to see when playing. The size of the cards is large enough to be easy to read.

There might be a problem seeing two buttons at the top of the screen above the Time Bonus box – Sound Off and Resign. Resign, which is immediately to the right of Sound Off can be clicked on to end the game at any point.

When the game loads, you will see a menu that gives you three choices: One Suit, Two Suit, and Four Suit. These are levels of play. For beginners, choose level one – One Suit. Ten columns of cards will be dealt in the playing area, and five, five card stacks, dealt all face down, will appear at the upper left of the game area. The objective of the game is to clear the board by stacking the cards in the order: K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 A.

Remember, the ace is a low card!

Use the mouse to move a single or group of cards by holding down the left mouse button, then dragging it to the column where you want to move it. You may move as many cards as you want as long as they are in the correct descending order. For example, you can move a card sequence of 9 – 8 – 7 only to a stack where your target card is a 10.

Once you complete an entire sequence from the top of the column down in this order – K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 A, the stack will automatically move up and the column will be free to move another sequence beginning with a K.

At the One Suit level, all the cards are the same suit – Spades. Moving up a level to Two Suit and once again to Four Suit, you will have to arrange the cards in descending order, but they must all be of the same suit! This makes the game much more difficult to win.

If you are serious about winning the game, there is a web site that talks strategy: www.spidersolitaire.org. The explanations of the card layout and game play are more technical there than here, but there are only a few new terms to learn. Hint: The first strategy note that the web site offers is to focus on clearing the first column.

But Spider Solitaire is more than just a way to spend your time. We say that there are definite advantages to playing card and board games:
Keeping mentally challenged
Lower rates of depression
Enhancing your memory
In other words, you will be more mentally alert and generally feel better.

Different people prefer different types of games to play. In general, games involving perception, concentration, and focus help the brain to use and stimulate brain cells and the electrical connections of the brain.

If you do not like Spider Solitaire, other choices Boomers with Elderly Patients suggest are board games such as Monopoly or Scrabble, or brain teasers such as logic puzzles, crossword puzzles, and Sudoku. Choose the kind of game you like to play and will have fun playing, especially if you are able to play with a group of people. Social interaction is another way to keep your mind sharp and your attitude positive towards living healthy.

As you move into the later years of your life, there is nothing that will stop you from growing older. Remember that feeling you are old is an attitude you can do something about, so do not get caught napping when you can be enjoying life playing games with a group of friends.

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