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Video games 'stimulate care home residents'

Video games 'stimulate care home residents'
10th October 2008

A care home in the United States has introduced a video games machine for residents to use, it has emerged.

Residents at the Silverado Senior Living home in California - which specialises in dementia care - are able to gain a physical and mental workout by playing games such as baseball and tennis.

The care home's administrator Carole Shaw said that residents living with Alzheimer's disease have been able to enjoy using the Nintendo Wii - and it was felt that the introduction of the games console fit in with the care home's philosophy which focuses on "what people with memory impairment can do, rather than what they can't do".

Ms Shaw stated that it is vitally important for people with memory disorders to be helped in enjoying their lives to their full potential.

She continued: "What our residents are doing with the Wii is a wonderful example of how much capacity and ability people with memory impairment have."

A Barchester care home in Yorkshire was recently singled out for praise by a national newspaper for bringing about a "revolution" in dementia care.

Writing for the Daily Mirror, Julie McCaffrey hailed the "uplifting treatment" being provided to residents at Threshfield Court Care Home.

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