By Venu Madhav
Chess for a Cause (http://www.chessforacause.com ) is a volunteering organization started by students in the Metro-Atlanta area with the goal of providing balanced brain exercises to seniors 65 years old and older.
The brain, like any other part of the body, requires exercise to stay healthy. As people retire, there is a reduction in brain activity which needs to be compensated by exercises to keep it active. Dementia and Alzheimer’s account for one third of old-age deaths and they are most painful. The ancient game of chess is known to provide balanced exercise for both sides of the brain. While playing chess helps improve memory function for seniors, the informal interaction between seniors and kids is helping build self-confidence and bridge the age divide. Chess for a Cause’s novel approach to bringing our seniors and kids together for a game chess has been commended by the Georgia Department of Human Services.
We are seeing tremendous interest and support from the senior community, as well as from city and county services for the aging. We are also seeing many more chess-playing youth beginning to look at Chess for a Cause as a means to give back to the community. Growth brings both opportunity and challenges. Our team would like to provide chess sets to each of the centers we visit so that seniors can practice the game among themselves on a regular basis rather than during bi-monthly chess sessions. We are looking for donations of new or lightly used chess sets. Please click the links below for more information about how you can do this.
You can deliver the chess sets at any of these locations.
If you wish to donate money, please make checks payable to the Fulton County 4-H/Extension. Please write Chess for a Cause in the memo line, and mail to or drop-off at any of the locations listed in the link above.
Chess For a Cause is a 4H Club and provides several opportunities for students to show leadership through leading school clubs, organizing chess sessions, and promoting chess to seniors.
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