For a several years, the Club Magic Extremadura in Spain has been running the "healthy Chess" programme, in six major centers of Extremadura, in cooperation with the Extremadura Promotion Service Autonomy and Dependency Care EPAD. Chess playing sessions tailored to seniors are organised on a weekly basis, together with exhibitions and intergenerational chess matches between older and younger people, including young people at risk of social exclusion.
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) .
More information (in Spanish) at: http://www.chessmagic.net/modules/news/article.php?storyid=2356