Wii Sport Is A Way To Reduce Depression In Elderly

elderly depressionIf you are an elderly person or you know an elderly person who seems to be sinking in melancholia help may be at hand.

A study was conducted by the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine where it was found that Wii sport could assist the elderly in fighting against depression.

For those among the elderly that feel a sense of inadequacy or despondency related to physical inactivity, Wii sport (that is the kind of video games that require physical movement), may be of help in combating  the symptoms of subsyndromal depression (SSD) in seniors.

The findings of the study suggested that these so named ‘exergames’ may work in a twofold way. For one, they were seen to elevate the mood of those that did them and secondly they also improved mental health related quality of life.

“Depression predicts non-adherence to physical activity, and that is a key barrier to most exercise programs.  Older adults with depression may be at particular risk for diminished enjoyment of physical activity, and therefore, more likely to stop exercise programs prematurely,” one of the researchers was quoted as having said in the write up.

Source: topnews



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