Senior living and memory care homes are working to find innovative ways to help seniors live more happy and productive lives. One new method is the integration of video games, including the Nintendo Wii, into their lives.
Surprisingly, a variety of studies have been undertaken and most of them have shown video games to be beneficial for a variety of reasons, including real physical, emotional, and socially healing benefits.
Video Games Create A Social Network
People who play video games often get together to compete against each other or to simply talk about their latest accomplishments. This same is true at senior centers: they simply love getting together and showing off their gaming prowess. Socializing is an important thing for seniors, as it can help stave off depression symptoms and other serious health problems.
Gaming Improves Memory
Playing video games requires memorizing a variety of patterns, including control movements and various button combinations. This helps test a senior’s memory and helps decrease symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Some Games Can Increase Physical Activity
While most people likely think of video games as a rather static activity, movement-based game systems such as the Nintendo Wii and the XBox Kinect force people to stand up and play. As a result, seniors can be more physically active and get a safe level of exercise.
How The Manse On Marsh Is Helping
The Manse On Marsh is an award-winning assisted living facility in San Luis Obsipo. Their awards include recently receiving the “Caring Star” award for their help in providing high-quality assisted living and memory care to their residents. They were also voted “number one” in the “Reader’s Choice Awards” in the “SLO Tribune.”
What makes The Manse On Marsh so respected? Their dedication to doing everything necessary to help their residents live a happy and healthy life, something SeniorHousingNet noted in their review. That’s why they’ve integrated a wide range of fun activities into their care services, including hands-on tactile concepts, like video games.