Residents from Edgemere, a nonprofit Life Plan Community in Dallas, recently participated in a fun and trendy adventure. They went to Ultimate Escape Game Dallas. Participants were locked in a room with the goal of finding a four-digit code to escape. Their mission was to identify the 23rd ingredient in Dr. Cola’s secret pop recipe, not by taste, but through Dallas-themed puzzles which spotlight the Lone Star State’s storied history. The catch – residents had just one hour to solve the puzzles and escape. George and Janet Clayton were two of the first Edgemere residents to sign up for the game. They say when they saw the game in the community’s monthly newsletter it caught their eyes, and they knew they had to try it out. They have never participated in an escape room game before until now, and enjoyed the challenge. The couple says they’ve always been interested in mysteries and trivia. They enjoy keeping their minds active, and participating in an escape room was the perfect fit.
“We have played Jeopardy! and bridge at the community, but this was something different for us,” said Janet Clayton. “We like to keep our minds going – it’s beneficial as you get older – and this game did that. We worked with the other residents to figure out the puzzles and had a great time.”
According to the digital trivia system Buzztime, trivia games are a terrific way for seniors to keep their minds sharp and alert while reducing the risk or delaying the onset of age-related dementia. They also allow seniors to socialize while exercising their brains. The escape room game is a worldwide trend which is just now taking off in the United States, and the community wanted the residents to experience this adventure which is captivating the globe. This is the first time the community has attended an escape room.
“We are always looking for new games or outings for the residents,” said Ashley Wessel, lifestyles director at Edgemere. “This was a unique opportunity for the residents to try something they may not have thought of previously. The residents worked well together to come up with the answers, and we hope they learned something new along the way.”