With Baby Boomers becoming Seniors, advancements in technology are allowing them to revisit their childhoods, get fit, and stay healthy. Nintendo Wii can provide hours of entertainment and rehabilitation, for those in need of a little mental or physical therapy. Many retirement facilities are including Wii games at their social gatherings and in conjunction with physical rehabilitation. Whether they are working on their balance or their bowling, Wii Sports is a great way to “get back in the swing of things”.
For those folks who are snow bound, or concerned about slipping on ice, playing tennis in their family room is the only way to go. The Wii motion remotes are easy to use, and fit comfortably in your hand, even if your grip isn’t what it used to be. Bowling can be especially enjoyable.And “team” bowling makes a perfect party environment. You can score a perfect game without having to lift those heavy balls, and still wear matching shirts!
Many seniors are adept at other computer skills. Many simply prefer to send and receive email. Being able to increase font size is a plus for those with failing vision. The enlarged type is a great way to read about what is going on in the world, without getting newsprint on your hands.
Computer gaming software is available for every age and skill level. Playing computer games is a good way for beginners to learn to work with the mouse. Slower moving games, like solitaire, are a great way for seniors to get used to the computer mouse. They already know the rules of the game, which reduces theirfear and frustration level. These skills improve dexterity and coordination, creating another way to keep your mind sharp.
Online games like Scrabble is another way for seniors to connect with other people, even someone they have never met. as with any new activity, lessons and practice are encouraged.