Retirement communities across the world are stocking Wiis as residents are discovering the joys of video games that are more accessible to non-teenage-boys.
At the Sedgebrook retirement community in Lincolnshire, where the average age is 77, something unexpected has been transpiring since Christmas. The residents, most of whom have never picked up a video game controller in their life, suddenly can’t put the things down.
“I’ve never been into video games,” said 72-year-old Flora Dierbach last week as her husband took a twirl with the Nintendo Wii’s bowling game. “But this is addictive.”
The Wii has become so popular at Sedgebrook that on Sunday afternoon there will be a video game bowling tournament in the lounge. More than 20 residents have signed up to compete.
People who were otherwise intimidated by video game consoles are getting into the Wii. The real world games like bowling are already well known and people who otherwise couldn’t get out to play or physically unable now have this option. It’s also building real world community interactions (not just online) which is how technology should work for us.
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Residents as old as 103 have ditched knitting and bridge after getting hooked on the console.