June 21, 2021

Host the Best Virtual Trivia Game for Seniors with These Questions

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What is one of the most fun and easy virtual activity to do? Online (or hybrid) trivia! Virtual trivia is a great opportunity to flex your mental muscles, get a little competitive, and enjoy the company around you. (Check out your own trivia knowledge with the the list of virtual trivia question ideas for seniors and older adults below.)

But transitioning from in-person trivia to playing virtual trivia live streaming platform could be intimidating, especially when you’re working with an older population that might not be comfortable with technology.

Luckily, there are certain tips and tricks to follow to make online trivia the best socially distant online activity you can for your seniors. Here’s how you can bring the fun of virtual programming through trivia to them.

Want to try out virtual trivia right now (without doing all the work?) Check out all of our upcoming Televeda game classes! 

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Asking the right questions is just as important as having clear audio and video.

Setting Up Your Virtual Trivia

First things first, get your live stream set up. No matter what platform you’re using, there are a few things to be careful of with virtual trivia for older adults. 

  1. Audio: Audio quality is a high priority no matter who you’re streaming to, but especially when it’s senior citizens. Your viewers may be hard of hearing, so make sure they can hear you and others clearly and consistently.
  2. Video: Make sure your presentation uses a large font that’s easy to read. When you have senior viewers, they could have some vision issues, and lots of little text on a screen may discourage your older audience from engaging. 
  3. Platform: Make sure you and your players know how to use whatever platform you choose. There are pros and cons to many of them, so do a little research before you start. It needs to be senior-friendly, so focus finding one with little set up, and higher security. At televëda, we developed our live streaming software for seniors in mind to ensure the best experience for them.

Ready to just get signed up for free virtual trivia for adults 65+ (plus a ton of other fun events!)? Sign up today for free! 

If you work with a senior center or community organization, book a demo here to see how we can seamlessly digitize your offerings.

Need support setting up more virtual activities? Check out:

Make Your Online Trivia Questions Adult & Senior-Specific

When making the content, choose an appropriate level of challenge, and make them fun! Also, know your audience. Instead of talking about the most-used hashtag, try asking about music groups from the mid 1900s, political history, or science. 

If you’re hosting more than once, create a bank of questions that you can come back to, and note the ones you already used. Picking a theme each week can help you narrow down question options, keep your audience engaged, and make sure your questions are updated. 

Also, don’t forget to make your presentation engaging. Add GIFs, fun pictures, and some light music if possible, depending on player's hearing requirements.

Virtual Trivia Question Ideas for Seniors

Here are some great ideas for virtual trivia questions and answers for seniors. Feel free to take these virtual trivia question ideas and use them as inspiration for additional trivia and fun facts!

10 Virtual Trivia Topic Idea For Seniors 

  1. Music from the 40s, 50s, 60s
  2. Classic food and candy brands
  3. American history (or your country’s history) 1940s-1980s 
  4. Word scrambles
  5. “Odd man out.” What word or concept doesn’t match? 
  6. Movie and sports celebrities from the 40s and 50s
  7. Famous authors and songwriters
  8. Science facts 
  9. Change the letter of the three words in each list to create three new words that all start with the same letter. For example, given the words whine, plant, and reason, what one letter can replace the first letter of each word to make three new words? S! 
  10. Bird or other animal identification

Virtual Trivia Questions for Seniors 

  1. What has a face and two hands, but no arms or legs? A clock
  2. Name two breeds of dogs that begin with the letter D. Dachshund and Dalmatian, and more! 
  3. Name the author of David Copperfield and A Tale of Two Cities. Charles Dickens
  4. Why are M&M's named M&M’s? They’re named after the two businessmen—Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie—who developed and financed the candy-coated chocolates.
  5. True or false – lightning is hotter than the sun. True
  6. What war ended in April 1975 with the fall of Saigon? Vietnam War
  7. In June 1971, the 26th Amendment passed giving 18-year-olds what right? The right to vote
  8. What is the odd man out: Cherry; grapefruit; peach; plum. Grapefruit
  9. In which film did Humphrey Bogart say, "We'll always have Paris?" Casablanca
  10. What building is on the back of a $20? The White House
  11. How many bones do sharks have in total? None, they only have cartilage. 
  12. Which famous singer of the 40s and 50s had the nickname 'Ol' Blue Eyes'? Frank Sinatra
  13. What is the National Dish of America? The hamburger
  14. What is the nearest planet to the sun? Mercury
  15. Name the 5 great lakes. Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior
  16. Dr. Jonas Salk successfully created a vaccine for this disease in 1952. Polio
  17. Who replaced the Shah of Iran in 1979? Ayatollah Khomeini
  18. Name 3 movies directed by Alfred Hitchock. The Birds, Psycho, North by Northwest, and more! 
  19. What occupation did the man have who invented cotton candy, which was originally called “Fairy Floss?” Believe it or not, a dentist! 
  20. Independence Day was first established as a holiday by Congress in what year? 1870, and in 1938 it was established as a paid holiday for federal employees.

Online Trivia Night Logistics to Know

You have to figure out how you want to run the game: individually, on teams, etc. Teams can be a great way to build camaraderie and socialization. Once that’s determined, make sure your viewers understand the rules, and how they can get points for their team.

A lot of people shouting on live streaming at once can be a lot, so muting the audience and requiring hand raising can be a great option for answering questions.

You can also go around and make sure everyone gets a turn answering a new question. This part really depends on the abilities of your audience, and also the style they prefer. 

But, make sure you are catering to your older audience’s needs. Though having a large group playing is great (like these 3,000-strong Isolation Trivia events), a game with more manageable sizes will be more fun and engaging because it keeps it intimate and allows for conversation and friendship creation!

You don’t want seniors to feel overwhelmed, or unable to join in because of the group size, so keep that in mind with organizing your virtual trivia nights.  

Prizes are more challenging with online trivia, but whether it’s bragging rights or a virtual high five, make sure to congratulate the winners, as well as support every player too.

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Hand raising is a great way to make sure every senior gets a turn playing virtual trivia.

Virtual Trivia Games are a Great Socialization Opportunity for Seniors

Ready to host your own online game night right now? Or want to play with us? Check out all our upcoming game and trivia nights here!

One last note: it’s important to make your trivia night engaging, exciting, and personalized. Keep your energy high, make eye contact with the camera, and use participants’ names if you know them!

The point of virtual trivia for seniors is to keep your older audience socializing, and having fun together. 

Want to try out fun of virtual programming? Book your free demo today to bring Televeda to your community! 

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