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Video Games Benefit Senior Players’ Cognitive Function

parc communitiesParc residents enjoy weekly senior game nights including evenings spent playing Wii bowling and golf. Our residents love being competitive, and recent studies show that video game exercise programs like the Wii can not only improve fitness, but also help to ward off cognitive decline.

In a two-year study performed with 101 seniors (aged 58-99 years) who used stationary bikes, researchers saw an overall boost in cognitive function when they pedaled with video games, versus without. According to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, seniors who used these video game fitness programs, “reduced risk of clinical progression to mild cognitive impairment by a relative 23%.”

Not only did patients in the study benefit health- and wellness-wise, but they also had fun!   At Parc Senior Living Communities, we strive to provide our residents with a menu of enjoyable senior living activities that engage both the body and mind.  Wordsmiths can compete in Scrabble® competitions; film buffs can enjoy movies nights; and fitness fanatics can take advantage of our personal training opportunities. We also offer brain fitness, which is comprised of five computer based modules used to help improve visual processing and improve memory.

Many studies have shown the importance of exercise, brain engagement, and a healthy senior diet to alleviate signs of aging like arthritis and cognitive decline. Parc takes this information along with our residents’ preferences to heart when we look for new and exciting activities to add to our monthly schedules.

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