'Wii' can work it out.When the Nintendo Entertainment System
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“Famicom” redirects here. premiered in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. in 1986, the video game console A specialized desktop computer used to play video games. The three most popular game consoles are Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3), Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft's Xbox. Game software is available on CDs or DVDs, although earlier game machines used cartridges containing read only memory became a must-have for a generation of youngsters eager for something more advanced than Atari's latest offering. Now, 20 years later, a new Nintendo system is wowing another generation. At Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown, West Virginia West Virginia, E central state of the United States. It is bordered by Pennsylvania and Maryland (N), Virginia (E and S), and Kentucky and, across the Ohio R., Ohio (W). Facts and Figures
Area, 24,181 sq mi (62,629 sq km). Pop. , residents are finding recreational and therapeutic opportunities in Nintendo's Wii. "It's given them a way to do some of the things that they've loved to do in the past--such as bowling and golf--but at a level that suits them today," says Donna Tennant, marketing director at Sundale.
The Wii (pronounced "we") is unlike previous home video game systems. The user holds a wireless controller and motions as if a character in a game; the video game character then simultaneously duplicates the action. The cutting-edge system caught the attention of Occupational Therapist occupational therapist A person trained to help people manage daily activities of living–dressing, cooking, etc, and other activities that promote recovery and regaining vocational skills Salary $51K + 4% bonus. See ADL. Jennifer Allen, who told fellow staff members that it could function as a therapy tool. Around the same time she was considering the benefits the Wii could have on residents, one of the video game systems arrived at Sundale--local agency Blaine Turner Advertising coincidentally co·in·ci·den·tal
1. Occurring as or resulting from coincidence.
2. Happening or existing at the same time.
co·in donated it. The agency had visited Sundale on many occasions and, like Allen, thought the system would entertain residents and help them maintain their mobility.
Allen showed Sundale staff how to play Wii Sports Wii Sports is a video game produced by Nintendo for the Wii. It was a launch title, and is included as a pack-in game with the Wii console in all territories except Japan, making it the first game included with the launch of a Nintendo console since Super Mario World , a five-game package that comes with the system, and she developed therapy sessions incorporating the Wii. "It benefits balancing, arm movement, eye-hand coordination, range of motion, and much more," Tennant notes. And it does not discriminate based on mobility. "Even people in wheelchairs can play some of the games," she adds. The system is now part of weekly therapy, and residents can play during activity sessions and when they have free time.
Of the five games--bowling, baseball, tennis, golf, and boxing--comprising Wii Sports, bowling and baseball are the two most popular, with women favoring the former and men the latter. Golf and tennis also have their devotees, but boxing is by far the least popular. Residents enjoy re-creating the motions to play the video games See video game console. , just as they would if the were at the lanes, in the ring, or on the field, court, or links. To bowl in Wii Sports, for example, the user holds a button down through the backswing back·swing
The initial part of a stroke, in which one moves a racket or club, for instance, to the position from which forward motion begins. and releases it during the delivery. When going through the motions, players--residents and staff alike--sometimes let go of the controller, as one would do with a bowling ball, and it strikes the TV screen. "The TV has sure taken a beating!" Tennant says, laughing. Unlike real bowling pins, however, the TV can take the hit without being knocked down (or broken). And the TV is the only thing in danger when residents are playing.
Residents can play against the system or another resident or staff member (up to four people can play one game). "The residents like to compete with the staff," Tennant states. "That interaction is also meeting a psychosocial psychosocial /psy·cho·so·cial/ (si?ko-so´shul) pertaining to or involving both psychic and social aspects.
Involving aspects of both social and psychological behavior. need." If residents are hesitant to play the Wii, it's not because they don't like a good challenge. "The residents love competition," she adds. "I didn't realize how competitive some residents are. They look forward to playing, and some have formed teams." Most residents who sit out at first do so because they've never been exposed to such technology. But once they see others play, the enthusiasm is contagious and they want to give the Wii a try. "This has opened a new avenue for the residents to see that technology is not always a bad thing," Tennant says. Because of the video game system, technology-savvy residents are now reading the local newspaper online.
Tennant recalls a facility picnic when she was approached by a resident's daughter, who was dumbfounded dumb·found also dum·found
tr.v. dumb·found·ed, dumb·found·ing, dumb·founds
To fill with astonishment and perplexity; confound. See Synonyms at surprise. because her father said he had been playing baseball. The woman said, "Dad keeps talking about playing baseball. Every time I come in, he says, 'I'm playing baseball. I'm having so much fun, and it brings back so many memories.'" The daughter voiced concern that her father was confused. But Tennant explained that he was not confused, he really was playing baseball. She demonstrated the game to the daughter, who thought it was wonderful. Tennant compares the system to adaptive equipment Adaptive equipment are devices that are used to assist with completing activities of daily living.
Bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and feeding are self-care activities that are including in the spectrum of activities of daily living (ADLs). : "It combines fun, competition, and physical benefits."
Tennant hopes that community members will see the benefits the Wii has had on residents and, following the lead of Blaine Turner Advertising, donate Wii games This list is a sortable list of the released or upcoming Wii games, referred to by their English titles. The Wii first launched in the Americas on November 19, 2006 with 23 titles, including Wii Sports. to Sundale and the residents. "Occupational Therapy feels this can be a benefit for stoke victims and cardiac patients, as well as for many others who are debilitated de·bil·i·tat·ed
Showing impairment of energy or strength; enfeebled. See Synonyms at weak.
Adj. 1. debilitated - lacking strength or vigor
asthenic, enervated, adynamic because of a lack of mobility in their homes or from hospital stays," she notes. "Our medical director is pleased to see the program integrated into the residents' daily lives."
As video game developers continue to churn out new games, residents will have more chances to engage in diverse mobility exercises, connect with technology, and even boast about their ability around the facility. "Seeing the residents move with the Wii is a blessing," Tennant says. "What a creation to get the residents who enjoy bowling, baseball, and other sports involved in active participation."
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