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FLUSHING HOUSE Independent Senior Residence
CONVENIENCE, FREEDOM, VALUE, SAFETY & OPTIONS
TIMESLEDGER | QNS.20 COM | JAN. 17-JAN. 23, 2020
The residents of Flushing House, an Independent Living community located in the heart
of Queens, were treated to a special Chess Exhibition led by Asa Hoffmann. Mr. Hoffman
is a FIDE Master in chess, as well as a chess teacher and author. He was portrayed in the
movie ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer’ by actor Austin Pendleton. Mr. Hoffman took on
over 15 challengers from Flushing House in a thrilling exhibition of skill and endurance.
BENEFITS OF CHESS
Chess provides the aging population with a hobby that offers socialization. An increase
in socialization later in life decreases the risk of depression and strengthens the overall
emotional health of an individual. Chess also stimulates the brain, strengthening the
mental capacity of its players which helps with information retention.
Many of the participating residents have played chess in their lifetime but few played
regularly. The exhibition has sparked a new wave of interest into the activity and
simultaneous chess matches are now common place in the Activity Room of Flushing
House. The addition of chess into a daily or weekly routine helps improve the plasticity
of aging brains. Just like our muscles, the brain weakens if it is not regularly used and
challenged. Playing games like chess actively engages the brain and has been shown to
strengthen logical reasoning and problem solving among the aging population.
FH RESIDENT WINS!
As the exhibition went on, Asa Hoffman faced many formidable opponents but one proved to be tougher than the rest. Flushing House resident, Leonard
move. It was an encouraging moment for the whole community who is still buzzing about the victory weeks later.
The Flushing House Chess exhibition was created by residents of Flushing House as a way to introduce the game to new players and form relationships
among current players. The community of over 300 residents has a full daily activity schedule that keeps residents active and on the go. For more photos
of Flushing House events, follow them on Instagram and Facebook or visit FlushingHouse.com!
www.flushinghouse.com • (718) 762-3198 • (888) 987-6205