Maybe you’ve seen senior centers or assisted living communities that have a Nintendo Wii. You’re questioning if this gaming system is really all that helpful at keeping senior citizens in fit. You’ve thought about getting one for your dad, but you’re not sure.
With the right games, a Wii is a helpful tool for helping your dad get some exercise. Here are some of the better options.
Boom Blox is a multiplayer Wii game from Stephen Spielberg that has hundreds of levels. Kids love it and so do their grandparents. The game adapts so that it can be hard or easy to play. Play it for hours without finding the game getting tedious. The goal is to destroy the castle while also grabbing and saving animals that fall out and aiming at bonuses. Your dad will work his upper body with the aiming, throwing, and catching.
Scooby-Doo First Frights
Many elderly men and women probably watched Scooby-Doo with their own kids during the Saturday morning cartoon hours. Kids today also know and love the crime-fighting team. With Scooby-Doo First Frights, a mix of boxing motions pair with searching the different rooms for clues. With physical motions when fighting monsters and reasoning skills while solving the mystery, this game works the body and brain at the same time.
Walk It Out
In Walk It Out, your dad will wander through a virtual game world alone or with someone else. As you walk, you try to keep your steps timed to the rhythm of the song. When he times his steps correctly, he gains points that are used to turn the empty island into a bustling community. As long as a senior can walk in place, this game can help with daily fitness.
Many Nintendo Wii system bundles come with this game. Seniors and kids love it because of the range of games. Play baseball, go golfing, or enjoy some rounds of bowling. The game also includes boxing and tennis. Each game requires the motions he’d use when playing the sport in real life.
Home care services also help your dad stay healthy. If he has a tendency to prepare quick meals, such as canned soup or freezer meals, a caregiver can come to his home and cook meals for him. Caregivers can remind him when to take medications. Caregivers can also join in and make sure he’s playing the Wii each day.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care in Mt. Laurel, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.