• Grace Gidley

Wii Bowling & You

Open Door Social Club schedules Wii Bowling Days!

ODSC has incorporated the Wii into many scheduled club activities because we believe that it is a fun way to promote movement, social connections, and improve self-esteem. Studies are now showing that frequent use of Wii bowling may improve all three of those. Studies show that senior residents that participate in Wii Bowling 3 times a week have a greater sense of belonging and minor improvements of motor skills.

While joining a bowling league at an alley can achieve all these things, using a gaming console is a much cheaper way to improve your social connections and improve self-esteem.

Ways to receive the benefits of Wii Bowling:

1. Join Open Door Social Club and Attend Wii Bowling Days.

2. Start your own mini Wii Bowling league with your friends, family, or club.

3. Invite a friend over to play Wii with you!


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Wingham, J., Adie, K., Turner, D., Schofield, C., & Pritchard, C. (2015). Participant and caregiver experience of the nintendo wii sports™ after stroke: Qualitative study of the trial of wii™ in stroke (TWIST). Clinical Rehabilitation, 29(3), 295-305. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269215514542638

Higgins, H. C., Horton, J. K., Hodgkinson, B. C., & Muggleton, S. B. (2010). Lessons learned: Staff perceptions of the nintendo wii as a health promotion tool within an aged-care and disability service. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 21(3), 189-95. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.valpo.edu/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/853064560?accountid=14811

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