If you are looking for some quality entertainment for senior citizens, trivia is always a good idea. Not only are trivia games for seniors a great party idea and loads of fun for grandparents, but it also offers a chance for a mental workout for the brain, helping to keep everything sharp. 

These questions go way back, so the chances are that many of the seniors playing the trivia games lived through these times.

The questions are challenging and require a little thinking, but easy enough to keep it light and fun.

Collage with six images with senior citizens and question marks for trivia. 

Whenever I visit my grandparents, and we need a fun activity with the whole family, I always suggest a trivia game. The questions may go back in time, but allow everyone else to get involved.

It helps to create a wonderful memory and entertaining time for when the entire family to play games together

These trivia games for seniors are easy to play as well. You can dig around the different categories or stick with one to see if you can nail a certain topic. The trivia questions have the answers below, so you’ll know right away if you got the question correct.

If you are looking for a fun activity to for any age, these party trivia games are also a great place to start. 

Easy & Fun Trivia For Seniors  

Seniors need exciting entertainment, too!

Trivia questions are a quick way to provide a solid form of entertainment. The games can be long or short and can be played in teams or individually. 

We’ve loved doing this with our grandparents and their friends. Here’s a list of the best printable game ideas.

Song Trivia

My favorite way to play trivia games with grandparents is to do it in song!

Party Tip: Often times when memory fails, things can be remembered in song. So song Trivia is a great way to engage your elderly friends. 

An easy way to do this is to make a spotify playlist of popular (and some not so popular) oldies songs and run it through the speaker system of the event. 

  • First one to guess the artist gets one point.
  • Award an extra point if they can name the song title as well.

You’ll have a blast watching everyone hum to the beat and jog their memories. Songs just have a way of taking us back somehow.

Also check out these brain games for seniors as they’re having fun, maybe even include prizes at the end.

How To Play Trivia

There are many ways that you can play trivia for seniors. The game can be played randomly just by asking questions 1-on-1. It can also be played by splitting into teams and going head-to-head on the questions.

You can also just ask the questions and have someone call back the answer. There are no real rules to playing trivia for seniors, so go with whatever seems easiest with the group around you.

Trivia From The 1940s, 50s, 60’s

1. Which year did World War II begin?

Answer: 1939 

2. What event triggered the U.S. to enter WWII?

Answer: Pearl Harbor 

3. What was the date of D-Day?

Answer: June 6, 1944

4. Who was the British Prime Minister during the majority of WWII?

Answer: Winston Churchill

5. Which countries made up the Axis Powers in WWII?

Answer: Germany, Italy, Japan

6. Who directed “Citizen Kane”?

Answer: Orson Welles

7. Which actress starred in “Gone With The Wind”?

Answer: Vivien Leigh 

8. Who won the World Series in 1940?

Answer: The Cincinnati Reds

9. What major sporting event was cancelled in 1940 and 1944 due to WWII?

Answer: The Olympics

10. Who won the NFL Championship in 1940?

Answer: Chicago Bears

11. What member of the royal family became head of state in 1953?

Answer: Queen Elizabeth II

12. Who became Premier of the Soviet Union in 1958?

Answer: Nikita Khrushchev 

13. Who first climbed Mount Everest in 1953?

Answer: Sir Edmund Hillary

14. What year did the Grammy Awards first take place?

Answer: 1959

15. Who had a major song titled “White Christmas”?

Answer: Bing Crosby

16. Which film won Best Picture in 1950?

Answer: All About Eve 

17. Which band had a song called “Wild Things”?

Answer: The Troggs 

18. What body part was Thing in The Addams Family?

Answer: Hand

19. What musician headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969?

Answer: Jimi Hendrix

20. What year was Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated?

Answer: 1968

21. What did the U.S. Postal Service add in 1963 that is part of every address today?

Answer: Zip codes

22. What was this famous boxer’s name before he changed it to Muhammad Ali?

Answer: Cassius Clay

23. What year did the Woodstock Festival take place?

Answer: 1969

24. What famous band came to the United States from England in 1964?

Answer: The Beatles 

25. What famous actress was found dead in her bathroom in 1962?

Answer: Marilynn Monroe

A collage of question marks and senior citizens.

Holiday Trivia For Seniors To Play

26. What country was the first Christmas tree recorded?

Answer: Germany

27. In what year did the song “Frosty the Snowman” first appear?

Answer: 1950

28. What is the traditional Christmas plant in the United States?

Answer: Poinsettia 

29. What is the name of the reindeer with a red nose?

Answer: Rudolph 

30. What is the name of the character in “It’s A Wonderful Life” who is visited by three ghosts?

Answer: Ebenezer Scrooge 

31. What image is typically carved into a Jack-o’-lantern?

Answer: A face

32. Who is the character associated with Mr. Hyde?

Answer: Dr. Jekyll

33. Who wrote the novel “Frankenstein”?

Answer: Mary Shelly

34. What does Charlie Brown get in his tick-or-treating bag?

Answer: Rocks

35. How many eyes does the monster called Cyclopos have?

Answer: One

36. What event sparked the modern Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.?

Answer: The Montgomery Bus Boycott

37. What Supreme Court decision in 1954 declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional?

Answer: Brown v. Board of Education

38. What is Hanukkah commonly known as?

Answer: The Festival of Lights

39. How many nights does Hanukkah have?

Answer: 8 nights 

40. What day was Memorial Day first recognized?

Answer: May 30, 1868

41. What was Memorial Day originally called?

Answer: Decoration Day

42. Which state was the first to make Memorial Day an official holiday?

Answer: Michigan

Seniors playing trivia and a person writing trivia answers.

Senior Citizen Sports Trivia

43. In which sport is there an ace, volley, and love?

Answer: Tennis

44. Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals in which sport at the 1972 Olympics?

Answer: Swimming

45. The Bears, White Sox, and Blackhawks all play in what city?

Answer: Chicago

46. The Triple Crown award is given to a horse at what three races?

Answer: The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes

47. In the 1971 Olympics, who got a perfect score in gymnastics?

Answer: Nadia Comaneci

48. What does the NBA stand for?  

Answer: National Basketball Association

49. How long is a marathon?

Answer: 26.2 miles

50. What is it called when a bowler gets three strikes in a row?

Answer: A Turkey

A collage of question marks and senior citizens.

Funny Trivia That Will Make Every Age Laugh 

51. Why don’t skeletons fight each other?

Answer: Because they don’t have guts

52. How do you organize a space party?

Answer: You planet!

53. What do you call a bear with no teeth?

Answer: A gummy bear

54. What has a heart but doesn’t beat?

Answer: An artichoke

55. What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?

Answer: A thesaurus 

56. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

Answer: Frostbite

57. What superhero does not need a phone charger?

Answer: The Flash

58. What is an astronaut’s favorite dance?

Answer: The moonwalk

59. Why did the cookie go to the doctor?

Answer: It was feeling crummy

60. What did the ocean say to the other ocean?

Answer: Nothing, it just waved

General Trivia Questions 

61. What is the largest country in the world?

Answer: Russia

62. What is an eight-sided shape called?

Answer: Octagon

63. Who was the shortest president?

Answer: James Madison

64. What famous novel was published by J.D. Salinger in 1951?

Answer: The Catcher in the Rye

65. What American musician is known as “The King of Rock and Roll”?

Answer: Elvis Presley

66. Who was the first man to walk on the moon?

Answer: Neil Armstrong

67. Who painted the Mona Lisa?

Answer: Leonardo da Vinci

68. What is the largest organ in the human body?

Answer: Skin 

69. Who invented the polio vaccine in the 1950s?

Answer: Dr. Jonas Salk 

70. What is the largest planet in the solar system?

Answer: Jupiter

71. What countries make up the United Kingdom?

Answer: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland

Trivia FAQs

How many people do you need to play trivia games with seniors?

You can play with as many people as you want. Play the games one-on-one or split up into teams. If it is a large group, it might be helpful to assign one person to ask the question and check the answers. 

Do I need any supplies to play trivia with seniors?

Paper and pens will be enough to play trivia with seniors. Have enough of each so everyone can write down their answers. 

The trivia questions for seniors are a great way to spend time having fun. The questions provide a strong brain exercise, test thinking skills, and keep it fun all at the same time. These questions here are just to get you started, so feel free to add your own if you make it to the end of the list.

Should I have prizes for Trivia games?

Prizes are great for games of all types! My favorite prize for my grandparents generation is something useful, (they’ve collected enough stuff along the way). Think about a book, a free dinner out or possible a treat they could consume that day. The best option is to allow them to enjoy the winnings in the moment!

I am so excited to play a trivia game with my grandparents and older friends. I can’t wait to test their knowledge and see which category they know best and which one I might win at! 😉 

P.S. If you found these trivia games exciting, you might want to check out our 1980s trivia games and printable trivia birthday party games