Why Virtual Trivia is a Great Game for the Elderly
Social distancing policies don’t mean that socializing stops. Much of today’s socialization is now done through live streaming technology, allowing individuals to interact and engage safely.
And what is one of the most popular activities, online and in person? Trivia! Trivia is a great opportunity to flex your mental muscles, get a little competitive, and enjoy the company around you. And virtual trivia allows for healthy, safe socialization where the players can have fun and make friends from the safety of their homes.
Making Online Learning Activities for Seniors Fun!
Transitioning from in-person trivia to gaming on a live streaming platform can sometimes be a little daunting, especially when you’re working with an older population. But, it is one of the best and easiest games to translate into the virtual world! One company that organizes trivia nights created a $2.5 million business through live streaming virtual trivia.
Even if that’s not your goal, there are certain tips and tricks to follow to make virtual trivia the best socially distant online activity you can. Catering to seniors is not necessarily a straightforward task, so here’s how you can bring the fun of virtual programming to them! Ready to just get signed up for free virtual trivia for adults 65+ (plus a ton of other fun events!)? Sign up today for our two-week free trial!
What to Consider When Setting Up Your Virtual Trivia
First things first, get your live stream set up. No matter what platform you’re using, there are a few things to be careful of with virtual trivia for older adults.
1. Virtual Trivia Audio:
Audio quality is a high priority no matter who you’re streaming to, but especially when it’s senior citizens. Your viewers may be hard of hearing, so make sure they can hear you and others clearly and consistently.
Also, though background music can be fun, keeping it quiet is best for those who may have a tough time hearing. You may also consider keeping players muted while you read out the question, and then unmute them to hear their answer.
2. Virtual Trivia Video:
Make sure your presentation uses a large font that’s easy to read. When you have senior viewers, they could have some vision issues, and lots of little text on a screen may discourage your older audience from engaging.
3. Virtual Trivia Streaming Platform:
You and your players should know how to use whatever platform you choose. There are pros and cons to many of them, so do a little research before you start. It needs to be senior-friendly, so focus finding one with little set up, and higher security.
At televëda, we developed our live streaming software for seniors in mind to ensure the best experience for them.
4. Virtual Trivia Streaming Platform:
If you’re using your streaming service game platform (like Kahoot) make sure your game is suitable for your audience. That means:
- Keeping the music low so players can hear you read the questions
- If it’s an identification game (our seniors loved “Desserts Around the World”) making sure the images you add are large and clear enough
- Appropriate timing: some pre-made Kahoot quizzes only leave up questions for 20 seconds. That can be way too quick for seniors (or anyone) to read or listen to the questions, answer options, pick one, and submit it!
- Help them out. When we use Kahoot, we submit the answers for all the players, so they don’t have to worry about bringing up a screen and submitting themselves. They can just focus on having fun!
Make Your Virtual Trivia Questions Senior-Specific
When making the content, choose an appropriate level of challenge, and make them fun! Also, know your audience. Instead of talking about the most-used hashtag, try asking about music groups from the mid 1900s, political history, science, or food!
If you’re hosting more than once, create a bank of questions that you can come back to, and note the ones you already used. Picking a theme each week can help you narrow down question options, keep your audience engaged, and make sure your questions are updated.
Also, don’t forget to make your presentation engaging. Add GIFs, fun pictures, and some light music if possible. (Jeopardy theme song anyone?)
Virtual Game Night Logistics
You have to figure out how you want to run the game: individually, on teams, etc. Teams can be a great way to build camaraderie and socialization, but will most likely require users to be together in person.
Once that’s determined, make sure your viewers understand the rules, and how they can get points for their team. A lot of people shouting on live streaming at once can be a lot, so muting the audience and requiring hand raising can be a great option for answering questions.
You can also go around and make sure everyone gets a turn answering a new question. This part really depends on the abilities of your audience, and also the style they prefer.
But, make sure you are catering to your older audience’s needs. Though having a large group playing is great (like these 3,000-strong Isolation Trivia events), a game with more manageable sizes will be more fun and engaging because it keeps it intimate and allows for conversation and friendship creation!
You don’t want seniors to feel overwhelmed, or unable to join in because of the group size, so keep that in mind with organizing your virtual trivia nights.
Prizes are more challenging with online trivia, but whether it’s bragging rights or a virtual high five, make sure to congratulate the winners, as well as support every player too.
Virtual Trivia Games are a Great Socialization Opportunity for Senior Citizens
Ready to host your own online game night right now? Or want to play with us? televëda plays trivia twice a week to keep our seniors’ minds active through our curated Brain Games class.
One last note: it’s important to make your trivia night engaging, exciting, and personalized. Keep your energy high, make eye contact with the camera, and use participants’ names if you know them!
The point of virtual trivia for seniors is to keep your older audience socializing, and having fun together.
Want more ideas for the older adults you work with, or interested in learning more about how televëda can support your community? Check out these posts, or send us an email here!
televëda is a live streaming platform that provides online and in-person activity programming for senior centers and communities. Our mission is to reduce social isolation for the elderly by creating interactive, live streamed classes for seniors, that range from virtually visiting a sea turtle rescue center to learning dance techniques from TeamUSA. televëda supports healthy aging by promoting seniors’ physical, mental, and social health by using technological innovation to create community.