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Wii Video Game Rehabilitation For Seniors In Assisted Living

It is not an accident that Nintendo’s original name for their video game Revolution, evolved into simply and officially being, “Wii.” Nintendo of America’s President, Reggie Fils-Aime, put it this way when he said, “Revolution as a name is not ideal; it’s long, and in some cultures, it’s hard to pronounce. So we wanted something that was short, to the point, easy to pronounce, and distinctive. That’s how ‘Wii,’ as a console name, was created.” The company has given many reasons for this choice of name since the announcement, however, the best known is:

“Wii sounds like ‘we’, which emphasizes that the console is for everyone. Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak, no confusion, no need to abbreviate, just Wii.” Nintendo’s spelling of “Wii” with two lower case “i” characters is meant to symbolize two people standing side by side, representing players gathering together. Playing Wii Sports and Fitness games has indeed become popular for everyone, including seniors in assisted living facilities.

Guinness World Records confirms a record was set in Houston, Texas at the largest ever, senior citizen Wii Bowling Tournament. The event was put on by TexanPlus, Houston’s largest Medicare HMO. The event drew more than 1,500 supporters and 600 senior bowlers determined to  break the record and also have fun while dishing out a bit of Texas style competition and a side helping of health information. The extravaganza included a health fair and immunization clinic. “I’m in it to win it,” one man at the event said as he rolled his walker up to the foul line.

Wii Wallpaper by *vinh291 on deviantART

According to a sponsor, one booty shakin’ grandma even showed off her victory dance after she “Wii bowled” a strike. Aside from the “seniors gone wild” moments, the event served a very important purpose: to encourage seniors to get stronger and more physically fit, possibly saving them from life altering injuries such as broken hips resulting from a falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of injury related death in seniors.

Assisted living facilities staff knows that a fall, or worse, a broken bone can limit a resident’s mobility and can be the downward spiral that can end up taking a life. The healthcare workers in assisted living facilities take steps to make sure their senior residents have a reduced risk of falling. They make sure their residents have regular vision checkups for changes that may impair depth perception. Sometimes medications can cause dizziness or disorientation and the resident’s doctor may recommend the use of a cane or walker to help prevent falls.

In assisted living facilities, objects that get in the way of walking are removed and handrails and night lights are installed in bathrooms. Assisted living facilities have regular exercise programs designed to help keep their residents mobile, flexible and healthy. A daily walk around the courtyard and garden area is a common activity of residents who choose assisted living facilities as a safe, comfortable place to spend their senior years. As for the Wii bowlers in Houston, all the participants, winners and runners up reported that they were happy they went to the event and found the video game system a fun and healthy way to get exercise.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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