A new therapy program combines the inherent fun from video games with healthy living for Alzheimer's patients.
Brain Fitness is a program where graduate students from the University of Central Florida offer Alzheimer's care through evaluations, therapy sessions and playing with the Nintendo Wii, news.ucf.edu reports.
Eighty-nine-year-old Fred Tombros has been attending the initiative and described the sessions as a "godsend" to the website. Here I learn some things, help out the students and enjoy myself. I cant complain about a thing, said Tombros in the article.
Nancy Gerrity founded the program after her husband was diagnosed with a form of dementia. At the time, she apparently found no facility in the area that offered proper cognitive stimulation for early symptoms of the disease.
The Nintendo Wii employs the use of wireless controllers that mimic hand motions within the game. The sports game that comes with the system allows players to bowl, play tennis and box.
Physical activity helps maintain good blood flow to the brain and can protect against risk factors for Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. There are currently an estimated 5.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease.