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OAPs 'using Wii to keep fit'


Pensioners are using Wii computer game consoles to keep fit and healthy, it emerged.



The hand-held consoles are ideal for simulations of games such as bowling or golf and have proved a big hit with the elderly, care managers said.


Helen McArdle Care, which has homes in Jarrow, North Shields, Hexham, Durham and Hartlepool in the north east, has given each of its centres a Wii for residents to play with.


Manager of Sheraton Court in Hartlepool, Teesside, Carole Thomson, said: "The residents absolutely adore them.


"It is making them more healthy because a lot of the time they would stay in their rooms and not come out to do their armchair exercise - but now they do and it has become a bit of a competition between them to see who's the best."


New resident Jim Fisher, 74, said: "It's the first time I've ever seen one of these things, let alone played one, but it is great fun. I knew there would be a television here, but I did not realise they had this game going on at all.


"It's much better; it's more interesting and everybody gets involved."


Betty Dennis, 86, said: "I'm really enjoying it. It's given me the opportunity to socialise with the residents and staff and to get to know people better.


"They tell me I'm quite good, but I would not like to say so myself."


Managing director of Helen McArdle Care, Mark McArdle, said the Wiis were introduced to bring the residents extra mental and physical stimulation.

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