“Healthy Chess”

“Healthy Chess”
“Healthy Chess”

All year programme


Club Magic Extremadura in cooperation with the Extremadura Promotion Service Autonomy and Dependency Care EPAD

More than 900 elderly since programme’s creation

For a several years, the Club Magic Extremadura in Spain has been running the "Healthy Chess" programme, in six major centers of Extremadura. Chess playing sessions tailored to seniors are organized on a weekly basis, together with exhibitions and intergenerational chess matches between older and younger people, including young people at risk of social exclusion.

Chess fosters healthy ageing and intergenerational links. This initiative, conducted for the first time in 2008, aims to promote active aging, influence the prevention of deterioration of cognitive functions in the elderly through chess playing and promote intergenerational interaction. Since its creation, more than nine hundred elderly have taken part in the programme, which received national recognition in 2011 (United Generations Award).

Occupation: Student , Working

Location: City, Small village

Age: Youth, Adult