Seniors exercise, have fun using video games

The Sedgebrook in Lincolnshire has a group of avid bowlersWii bowlers that is.

The residents of the retirement community have been playing the Nintendo game for the past four years. They even have two bowling teamsthe Alley Cats and the Copy Cats.

We bowled for a long time, Sedgebrook resident and Alley Cat member Flora Dierbach said of herself and her husband Charlie. Because of our age, it makes it hard to pick up a bowling ball, which makes this perfect. Its healthy, because you have to get up and down, and you work on hand-eye coordination. Its very addictive.

Dierbach said theres Wii bowling every Sunday and Wednesday night.

I dont like it, I love it, Ruth Pollans, another member of the Alley Cats, said. Its good exercise. Its a fun, fun game.

Sedgebrook hosted an intergenerational Wii gaming event Dec. 13, which introduced new games to its residentsWii Sports Resort and Super Mario Bros.and allowed them to play with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Sedgebrook Executive Director Ian Lee Brown said hes thrilled that the residents enjoy playing the games.

I think its terrific, he said. Socialization is the biggest contributor to longevity. Strength training is the second biggest contributor. [The seniors] are working on mobility [and] coordination.

By Heather Leszczewicz, reporter

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