North Carolina State University recently conducted a “Gains Through Gaming Lab” study to see what the effects of video games were on seniors’ brain function. The results? Not only were seniors better able to focus, but also reported a better sense of well-being. Specifically, those who scored the lowest on an initial test were able to improve their cognitive focus after a two week period of playing the popular multi-player game, World of Warcraft (WoW).
The real value of video games lies in their ability to help people interact in a fun, new way. World of Warcraft, specifically, involves conversing with new people and learning complex rules and exploring new virtual worlds. This not only helps seniors to keep their cognitive skills sharp, but also give them a social outlet.
Even less elaborate games can help with eye and hand coordination, reflexes and decision making. Something as simple as a matching game can help with all these things and also help you to distress. The benefits are so helpful that a New Jersey rehabilitation center uses Wii to help stroke patients with regaining their motor function. Research has even found that video games can help ease arthritis and improve dexterity. This research is so compelling, many life plan communities across the country are incorporating Wii games with physical movement into their game nights to encourage movement and social interaction.
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Aside from games, one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical wellbeing is retiring to a place where there is social interaction and a variety of planned activities and amenities. The Life Plan Community of The Cedars of Chapel Hill can make your retirement all that it should be with dozens of social events, interesting exercise options, and learning opportunities. Contact us today to find out more about all our exciting retirement activities!
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