Wii Sports for Seniors
Wii Sports may have originally been designed for kids and younger adults, but seniors are fast becoming fans of this fun and interactive gaming system.
For starters: it's fun! It helps them “play” the sports they love - or have always wanted to try! - in a simulated environment that is safe and comfortable, keeping their minds and bodies active. Seniors can enjoy low-impact golfing, where they don’t need a perfect swing or technique to send the ball flying off the tee onto the greens. They can simulate being a tennis pro, mastering the art of the serve, and challenging their opponent with ease! With Wii Sports, the possibilities are endless.
What is Wii Sports?
Wii Sports is an add-on to be used with Nintendo’s Wii gaming console. Players use a gaming remote to mimic the actions of play for sports like tennis, bowling, baseball, golf, and boxing. The Wii Fit includes a balance board, allowing users to receive instant feedback from the console about their fitness endeavors, plus tips for improvement, via built-in motion sensors. Users can play alone or with a team and can choose from a wide variety of fitness activities. Whether you want to play a specific sport or just want to try doing some yoga, there's an option for everyone.
The Benefits of Wii Sports for Seniors
Wii Sports is safe and easy to play, and offer many benefits for seniors. That's why we incorporate Wii Sports into our senior exercise and activities program here at Canyon Creek Senior Living. Our residents in our assisted living and memory care communities love it, which is great news, since these interactive gaming activities offer great benefits, too! To name a few:
Fun and exciting!
Wii Sports allows seniors to participate in their favorite sports from the comfort of home.
These games can be tailored to an individual’s abilities and preferences.
Accessible to all.
The games are easily accessible for people who may have mobility issues; they can be played from home and the levels of difficulty are adjustable.
Elderly assisted living residents can chat with friends and fellow sports enthusiasts about life, the Wii game they’re playing, and the other activities they’ve been participating in. And, while they're playing Wii Sports, they can even play as a team, so it doesn't need to be a solo activity!
Games are less expensive than traditional sporting equipment and club memberships.
Many young people (think: grandchildren) have gaming systems, so seniors can easily compete against their younger family members; this encourages inter-generational bonding and health for the entire family.
Active and adjustable.
Even though the games are relatively low impact, they still help to keep the mind and body active. The Wii system encourages residents to exercise at whatever level or speed they are comfortable with. The settings can be adjusted to make the exercise more or less physically challenging, all depending on the player's level of ability and desired fitness goals.
Coordination and balance.
A recent study on the effects of Wii Sports found that participating in Wii bowling, seated, twice a week for 30 minutes, for a period of 8 weeks, improves balance. This study demonstrates how the gaming system can be used in elderly health care to improve seniors’ gait, balance, and coordination for improved health and safety.
In addition to the physical benefits of playing Wii, the act of playing a new game and coming up with a strategy is mentally stimulating, helping to keep the brain active and alert.
How We Use Wii Sports at Canyon Creek
We offer our senior assisted living residents a full activities calendar, jam-packed with exercise classes and events. Our residents gather every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in our Activity Room to participate in Wii Sports as a part of our senior community exercise and wellness program.
This interactive, low-impact activity allows all of our senior sports enthusiasts to gather together and compete against each other in a fun and safe environment! It's so fun to watch and is an activity that's accessible to all.
At Canyon Creek, we offer a variety of senior lifestyle options, including senior assisted living, specialized memory care for seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia, and temporary senior care options. Want to learn more about our senior living apartments and supported living services? You're welcome to schedule a tour of our beautiful community in Cottonwood Heights, UT and can request to sit in on one our fun and engaging activities, experiencing firsthand what our loving and nurturing senior living community has to offer. We can’t wait to meet you!
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