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'Exer-Gaming' Helps Seniors Drop Pounds

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Belle Perdue goes Wii bowling at a senior center in Salisbury. Belle Perdue goes Wii bowling at a senior center in Salisbury.

SALISBURY, Md.- Wii Fit and Playstation Move are not just for kids anymore. According to recent medical studies, these interactive games can help improve balance in older adults.

An experiment at Elon University compared results of healthy elderly volunteers and undergraduate students. The elderly volunteers initially performed poorly in balance tests. After a few sessions with Wii Fit, these volunteers improved their balance scores and lowered their "Wii age."

Inside the Salisbury-Wicomico Senior Services Center, seniors have the option to pass up the gym and head in to the game room to play Wii Fit.

Belle Perdue of Salisbury had never bowled before-- at a bowling alley or with a Wii. Perdue said that she could feel the burn during her first Wii game.

"I could feel a real difference in my legs when I was doing it," said Perdue.

Dr. Bill Bails, a doctor of physical therapy in Salisbury, said these games can be a good way for seniors to practice balance outside of special classes.

"In general, unless someone is doing some exercise program, they're not going to have a lot of activities to challenged their balance," Bails said.

 

 

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