How do Video Games Benefit Seniors?

How do Video Games Benefit Seniors

When you imagine someone playing video games, you probably picture a teenager staring mindlessly at a screen. He sits alone in the dark, wasting his time slaughtering virtual monsters. Computer and console games have acquired a bad reputation over the past two decades. However, research shows that video games actually have numerous benefits, especially for older individuals. Advances in video game technology have made them more socially interactive and physically challenging. These factors quash negative stereotypes we hold about video games and people who play them. Seniors, in particular, seem to gain enormous positive results from playing these games.

Physical Benefits

  • Improved hand-eye coordination
  • Hand mobility – For people suffering from arthritis; hand mobility may increase.
  • Pain relief – Video games provide a healthy distraction from pain.
  • Fitness – Console games like the Nintendo Wii are immensely helpful in maintaining fitness. Many physical therapists use the Wii Fit game with patients.

Mental Benefits

  • Avoid depression – Researchers found that video games help seniors avoid the pitfalls of depression.
  • Speech and cognition – Games have been created specifically to help people improve cognition and speech. They do this in an entertaining manner, so individuals enjoy playing the games.
  • Decision-making skills – Some games require quick thinking. Practicing this skill helps seniors flex their “brain muscle.”

Social Benefits

Social interaction is extremely important for older individuals. Several video games have options to play online with other people. Players can often communicate with each other and work together or play against one another. Additionally, some games encourage multi-player action. This is a perfect opportunity for seniors in a residential community to play in a group.

Recommended games for seniors

Engaging and cognitively complex games:


— NeuroRacer

— War Thunder

— World of Warcraft

— Brain Age

— Happy Neuron

__ Words with Friends

Games encouraging physical activity and fitness:

— Wii Sports:This game includes boxing, bowling, tennis, baseball and golf.

— Wii Play: This game combines multiple activities like billiards, fishing, and shooting range.

— Link’s Crossbow Training: Purchase the Wii Zapper and get Link’s Crossbow Training, which is a popular shooting game among seniors.

— Mario Kart: A classic racing game loved by people of all ages.

—Dancing with the Stars: A perfect game for fans of the TV series.

— The Price is Right: Based on the classic TV show, fans adore this game.

— Wii Hooked!: Seniors can practice their fishing skills from the comfort of their living room with this game.   

Whether a senior lives at home or in a residential community, video games have proven to be beneficial. The majority of games and consoles are considered affordable. This is an important factor for most seniors. The positive results of playing video games are likely worth the minor expense.

 

 

Do Robots Hold a Key to the Future of Senior Care?

robots Do Robots Hold a Key to the Future of Senior CareWith a growing aged population and a shrinking caregiver workforce, the senior care industry is facing a serious impending crisis. Researchers estimate that 25% of the population will be over the age of 65 by the year 2060. It may seem so far in the future that it is irrelevant, but we are already experiencing a workforce shortage that is projected to get worse over the next 10-20 years. Scientists and innovators are working diligently to find solutions. Robot care providers may be the answer. We can expect to see robotic senior care assistants within the next 10 years.

Where and how will robots be used?

The majority of robots will serve people in their own homes, allowing older individuals to remain in the home longer. The goal is to enable people to “age in place.” This not only alleviates demand on senior care communities, but more importantly, it permits seniors to remain in their own comfortable, familiar environments for a longer period of time. There will of course, also be industry uses for robots. However, we will presumably see them gain popularity in the home first.

When you imagine a robot, you probably picture a humanoid looking, butler-style, home assistant. but, this is not how machine caregivers will appear or function. Rather, they will be small, specialized devices intended to perform specific tasks. The Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner is a current example of a small robot designed for a particular purpose. Robots will assist seniors with tasks and activities of daily living such as:

  • Eating
  • Cooking
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Mobility
  • Household chores (laundry, dishwashing, mopping)
  • Medication management

Self driving cars and other transportation aids will probably be commonplace in the future along with care giving robots.

How will seniors interact with robots?

Aged individuals are embracing technology more each day. Nevertheless, the idea of a robot care provider may be difficult for some people to accept. Researchers are trying to determine the best ways for machines to interact with senior citizens. They study things like eye contact, social and emotional support, conversation and movements of the robots. These devices must be user-friendly, and it’s crucial that people feel comfortable with them.

 

What are the advantages of using robots?

The most obvious benefit of using care giving robots is to alleviate the strain on the senior care workforce. The presence of robots will also relieve stress from family members striving to provide adequate support for their older loved ones. Most importantly, however, seniors will experience immense benefit from care providing robots. Not only will these devices supply physical assistance, but they will likely improve the mental health of aged individuals as well. It is common for older people to feel like they are a burden on friends and family, leading to depression and anxiety. Robots will enable seniors to be more independent and rely less on their loved ones. Additionally, robots will provide some social interaction and companionship for older people. The ability to age in place is another important factor influencing the overall happiness and well-being of seniors.

Robotic devices are slowly making their way into the senior care industry. It’s a process, but we will certainly see more care giving robots in the near future.

 

Featured Community – Inspired Living at Sugar Land

 

Inspired Living at Sugar LandLocated 20 miles outside of Houston, Texas, Inspired Living at Sugar Land is scheduled to open its doors this fall. It is a newly constructed community offering top-of-the-line amenities for seniors across the eldercare continuum. Inspired Living communities stand out from the crowd by providing resident centered care, tailored to each individual’s needs  

Levels of care

  •         Independent living
  •         Assisted-living
  •         Memory care

Featured services

  •         Activities – A wide range of enriching programs are available to residents at all levels of care. On and off-site activities are scheduled regularly.
  •         Innovative technology –  High-tech resident tracking system and keyless entry by Skynet Healthcare Technologies offer safety and security measures that few other communities can match.
  •         Chef prepared nutritious meals
  •         24/7 licensed nursing staff available
  •         Devotional services on and off-site

Amenities

  •         Swimming pool and hot tub
  •         Walking paths
  •         Garden and courtyard
  •         Beauty/barber shop
  •         Library
  •         Pet friendly

This community offers studio, one and two-bedroom apartments for independent and assisted-living residence. The level of care can be adjusted as needed. This is one of our favorite qualities of Inspired Living communities. Residents remain in the community as their needs shift.

If you would like more information on this community, please visit the Inspired Living at Sugar Land website.

 

Wellness Tech – Integrated Fitness Systems in Senior Care

Fitness Systems in Senior CareAn integrated fitness system generally refers to a piece of equipment that provides personalized activity tracking. While these devices have been popular among average americans for the past few years, the eldercare industry is just now beginning to recognize the benefits of these systems. Few senior care communities currently have this technology, but it is an innovation we will likely see more frequently in the future as leaders acknowledge the value of this technology. Let’s look at the present options and their potential uses in elder care.

Wearables

Wearables are the most popular type of fitness tracker available on the market today. They are generally small electronic devices that track and record activity. Fitbits and Apple watches are common examples of wearable fitness trackers. They are often sleek and attractive to blend with the user’s attire. A few useful characteristics of these devices include:

  • Heart rate monitor – These devices can measure and record heart rate. Because they are wearable, they provide a constant monitoring system.
  • Sleep monitor – Sleep cycles are crucial for the elderly. Tracking the quality and quantity of sleep documents vital information for diagnosing and detecting physical and mental-health problems.
  • Activity tracking – The ability to observe activity levels in elderly people is significant because we can detect decreased levels of activity, which may indicate a health problem. Early detection is the key for overcoming many health issues. This could truly be a life-saving technology when used in this way.
  • Calorie tracking – Measuring the number of calories burned due to activity can be extremely worthwhile for those trying to lose weight or people with specific nutritional/calorie intake requirements.

Fitness Equipment

Another type of integrated fitness system being used in senior care is exercise equipment that records activity. The machinery is generally networked and can record a host of important data. This is particularly useful for those receiving physical therapies or people on a specific exercise program. The ability to track progress not only encourages the participant, it also provides valuable information to doctors and caregivers.

It is easy to see how these systems benefit elderly people. We hope community operators will recognize the value in this technology and will   implement it when possible. Some People in the industry believe  This type of tech is cost prohibitive. Hopefully, as with most technology, the cost will drop dramatically over time so that more communities can make this  innovation a reality for residents.