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Senior citizens become new generation of video game players

Posted at 4:57 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 18:06:49-05

Video games are not just for kids and young adults anymore, they're for the young at heart.

People over the age of 50-years-old are the fastest growing group of video game players in the country.

At the Hayes Senior Wellness Center located in Washington D.C., afternoons mean it’s time to get up and strike, in video game bowling.

“It’s fun. It brings you up, makes you laugh,” senior citizen, Karen Glymph says.

Karen Glymph says she plays to win even though video games are not what she grew up with.

“We didn’t have this then, mostly everybody wanted to go outside," Glymph says. "Now, they want to stay and play video games.”

According to a new study by the AARP, the amount of video games senior citizens play has increased.

Allison Bryant, AARP Senior Vice President of Research says in 2016 about 40 million people over the age of 50 played video games monthly.

By 2019 that number soared to more than 50-million, according to AARP.

44% of all seniors are now regularly playing video games, which means big business.

According to reports, seniors spent $6 billion on video games last year alone.

"I hope that the gaming industry is going to start taking a look at these numbers and saying, ‘Wait a minute, there's really an opportunity here to increase our market share’ and to develop games that might be even more exciting for older adults,” Bryant says.