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Feeling Bored - Try The New Cure

30 November, 2016

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The first time we played Super Mario as kids, we knew we’d never grow out of it. Turns out, several elders feel this way too and with good reason. Research says that active, engaged seniors are much more likely to lead healthy, dementia-free lives than their counterparts. What’s more, by engaging with a video game, it was observed that they could improve their spatial skills and give the brain some much-needed exercise, thus keeping mental health issues at bay. Here are some benefits of playing video games:

 

  1. Memory is something that we all find diminishing with age. Even in cases that aren’t as extreme as dementia, loss of memory can be a hindrance to our daily activities. Playing video games has shown to improve memory and speed up reflexes, thus helping you staying active.
  2. Watching the TV can feel lonely sometimes, even if we really love our shows. In this regard, a video game is more engaging as it requires you to pass hurdles, keep an eye out for problems and general makes you think. This engagement aspect of video games can help prevent boredom and depression from setting in.
  3. Motor activities are not entirely about the muscles- the brain plays an active role in how we move and balance ourselves. Video games need short reaction times and depend more on our instinct. Hence, playing them regularly can make us nimble, both of body and mind.
  4. Video games can help improve vision! For a long time, it has been believed that screen time causes vision impairment, but it may just be a myth. Seniors who play games requiring keen attention reported improved vision in a short span of time.
  5. It's a super way to engage with your grandkids and make them feel like they have the coolest grandparents ever!

 

So what video games should we be playing? Absolutely anything under the Sun serves the purpose. If you enjoy keen observation, you may enjoy hidden object games. There are others that make you race against time or test your matching skills. Just visit an online site like Gamehouse or BigFish games and begin playing without even having to download. Just choose from an array of free and paid games. If racing is your style, there’s always Need For Speed. IF you’re feeling like a builder of towns, look for games like Age Of Empires or even something simpler like Caesar 3. Happy gaming!

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