Sunday, September 30, 2007

Wii for Old and Young Alike

A recent article in The caught my eye. It depicted South Carolina nursing home residents in a virtual bowling match using the Wii video game. One respondent noted that the Wii is being used across the country in senior facilities, and continuing care retirement communities, as a way of keeping seniors active. The article notes that the Wii games require the user to stand and mimic the movements of swinging a golf club, serving a tennis ball, rolling a bowling ball, or swinging a baseball bat using a hand-held remote controller. So, there is both a physical and mental component to the game's use. Amazing! And to think that my Grandson wants a Wii for Christmas. Maybe I should think of getting a Wii for one of my senior colleagues as well.

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