We’ve mentioned before how daily exercise can help individuals of all ages ward off early-onset dementia, fight the symptoms of arthritis, and build healthier bodies. In a survey recently conducted by PopCap Games, a casual video game developer, players age 50 and older made up 47% of computer video game players. These players reported a definite benefit including mental exercises, memory strengthening, and stress relief.
One of the newest sensations sweeping senior living communities across the country is the Wii video gaming system, and Parc Communities are no exception. The Wii allows players to interact with their games much more than other video game systems. With a hand-held controller (called a Wii-mote), players movements are tracked through a motion sensor. Games range from bowling to golf and tennis, and players hold the Wii-mote like a golf club when they perform their strokes and like a tennis racket when they serve. Each player can create a “Mii” character to represent them on screen and save their scores.
One of Parc Communities’ weekly activities provided for residents includes “Wii Night” in the media center. It’s so popular with our residents, in fact, that we’ve started a sign-up process so they can schedule their Wii games in advance! Our residents belong to the National Senior League and have won numerous nationwide championships in Bowling and Golf and are proud of the trophies displayed in our library. Our residents love it so much that we offer Wii Play up to four times a week on our activities calendar.
Fun games like the Wii are just one part of the engaging and exciting events our Wellness Director plans for our residents. We also offer fitness classes, movie nights, computer lab lessons, watercolor classes, and more. We’re frequent visitors of local restaurants and attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, Cobb Energy Center for the Performing Arts, The Fox Theatre and more. This past fall, our residents made the trip to Blue Ridge, Georgia to board a train-tour of the gorgeous fall foliage.
We are dedicated to developing interesting, stimulating, and diverse activities for our Atlanta residents to enjoy both at home and in the community. For more information on Parc Communities or to schedule a visit, contact our office. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter with the latest senior living news!