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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Game on...

A new study on motion gaming, video games that involve frequent movement such as playing games on Wii and Kinect gaming systems, finds that elderly individuals can benefit physically and emotionally from these fun activities. Video games that allow seniors to participate in previously enjoyed activities such as tennis, bowling, and golf are particularly helpful in improving health.

According to a study by the Gerontological Society, virtually engaging in previously enjoyed activities increases life satisfaction, decreases reported loneliness, improves mood, and increases physical activity. Seniors also reported feeling “more apart of things” and more connected to the younger generation.

Another study by the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine found that playing Wii helped treat seniors with depression. More than a third of participants reported a 50 percent or greater reduction in depressive symptoms.

Even infrequent motion gaming sessions have been shown to improve balance coordination and strength, all of which are useful in preventing falls.

Read more about the benefits of motion gaming.

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