Game play for seniors – how technology changes in-home care and fitness

Posted on February 18, 2013


Exercise and movement are important parts of aging well, new technology can help.

Exercise and movement are important parts of aging well, new technology can help.

Technology has been both a blessing and curse. Technology gave us cell phones, but in doing so, technology also took away our ability to remember phone numbers. Technology gave us the Internet, but at the expense of good old fashioned face-to-face interaction.

I can’t find many things to not like about the new gaming consoles that are social and active entertainment packages in a box.  They can bring the whole family together and give people of any age a reason to exercise at some level.

The players control the games through body movements and voice and an avatar of them performs tasks throughout the games’ levels.

Because these game consoles rely on players making motions rather than pushing buttons on a controller they can be great exercise.  They allow for a full range of movement, making it a popular for people of all ages and abilities, from seniors, the disabled to children and teens alike.

Here are 10 reasons why our in-home caregivers love these consoles:

  1. Just about anybody can play them, which makes it an inclusive recreational activity.  In home care providers don’t need to worry about transportation or the risk of moving frail seniors outside the home. These are self-contained exercise machines that allow each person to do what they can with little risk of injury.
  2. They can provide a great aerobic workout, which can add a great dynamic to in-home care.
  3. They simulates playing just about any sport you can think of, from bowling to tennis, giving even those who may have limited mobility can experience the excitement of competition.  And, don’t tell me mom or dad doesn’t like to win, even at 80 or 90, we all like to feel the thrill of victory.
  4. They can be a great group activity, promoting socialization and often hours of laughter.
  5. In addition to physical exertion they can stimulate brain activity and focus.
  6. Much like regular sports they can be a great stress reliever and provides an outlet for channeling negative energy into something positive.
  7. They are a great way to get exercise and burn off energy, especially on a rainy day when you can’t go outside to play.
  8. Beyond sports they offers so many different activities you can do, including yoga and games.
  9. They can be a great way to mix things up-almost all of us can relate when it comes to getting bored with an exercise routine; it can be easy to get off track if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing or if you’re bored. They are a great way to add some pizzazz to your routine!
  10. Most importantly, they are fun for people of all ages-from the elderly to children; people enjoy exploring all of the fun activities that Wii has to offer.

The care workers employed by BrightStar work anywhere from a single hour a day for clients, to providing 24-hour care and attention, doing everything from non-medical care like cleaning, making appointments and taking clients shopping, to medical care like skilled nursing, providing medication management and acting as a liaison between the client and their physician and family.  Our goal is to ensure our client is comfortable living in their own home, and help them maintain their independence.

BrightStar staff is on call 24 hours a day — even the owner and the office staff.  We can coordinate appointments for the client, especially if their family lives out of town and is unable to handle the day-to-day basics. They work to keep contact with family and keep them informed of the client’s well-being.

All BrightStar caregivers are given thorough background checks, including criminal checks, drug tests and are trained through the BrightStar training program.

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