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Wii, this is fun: Video games let seniors compete while working on balance and coordination

Margaret Boland released the ball and it rolled down the center of the lane at a steady pace.

Going… going… strike!

A crowd of onlookers cheered and clapped. Boland gleamed.

Boland had just made her first strike in virtual bowling.

Not just a kids' toy anymore, video games, like the Nintendo Wii that Boland was playing, are becoming increasingly popular for senior citizens.

The Senior Friendship Center in Winona purchased a Nintendo Wii last summer and held its first session Wednesday to teach seniors how to play. About 15 seniors came to learn.

The Wii is also hitting nursing homes and rehab facilities around the nation. The hand-held controller is a little white wand that is motion sensitive. As you move the controller in your hand, the television registers its motion, making the video game feel like the real thing.

The main health benefits are improving hand-eye coordination, balance and muscular strength and endurance.

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Maddens Raiders3378d ago

just too easy.

-- "The Wii is also hitting nursing homes and rehab facilities around the nation. The hand-held controller is a little white wand that is motion sensitive. As you move the controller in your hand, the television registers its motion, making the video game feel like the real thing.

The main health benefits are improving hand-eye coordination, balance and muscular strength and endurance...." --

Gaming is not gaming anymore. Well, when it comes to the Wii at least. No wonder this thing is selling so much. It's like a geriatric therapy device. I wonder how many hospices, hospitals, nursing homes and clinics around the country have bought up these damn things?

wiizy3378d ago

a clown is not hard to spot.. millions of people plays pacman....old and young... is pacman not a game then.. millions play street fighter , old and young.. i guess those wasnt games.. nintendo is the only smart console makers that knows entertainment means you entertain everyone