Stuck on the train? Open up Tetris. Bored in a meeting? Pull out Candy Crush—don’t worry we won’t tell your boss. Waiting in a doctor’s office? Might as well play a round or two of Words with Friends.
The majority of the time we use the games on our phones to pass time, but for one elderly woman, Words with Friends quickly became more than just a computer game.
Every morning Miyoko Saiki plays Words with Friends with her son before he goes to work.
Miyoko Saiki, who lives in Northern California, is 90 years old and loves playing Words with Friends on her iPad. She has been playing against her children, Diane and Ken, for several years.
“It keeps my mind from being shot,” the 90-year-old told Inside Edition.
Typically the two are able to play a few rounds.
While Saiki engages in the game with both Diane and Ken, she plays more frequently with Ken.
The two play every morning around 7 a.m. before Ken goes off to work; however, one day in January 2018, Ken noticed his mother didn’t respond to his first move.
It was unusual, but he let it go until he checked into the game a few hours later and noticed she still hadn’t made a move.
One day Ken became worried when his mother didn’t make her move while the two played.
Ken gave his mother a call, but she didn’t answer.
He immediately called Diane, who lives two hours away from their mother, and she rushed to Saiki’s home and found her in her bedroom.
After receiving a call from her brother Diane rushed to her mother’s home.
“She came running down here,” Saiki recalled. “It takes two hours to get here and she found me sitting on the floor.”
The 90-year-old had passed out.
“I don’t remember a thing,” she said.
Diane brought her mother to the hospital where she was diagnosed with pneumonia and dehydration. Thankfully, Saiki didn’t suffer any injuries when she fell from passing out.
Saiki credits Words with Friends with saving her life.
Since the scary incident, which Saiki says could have ended much differently if it wasn’t for Words with Friends, Saiki has moved in with her daughter.