Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Older people at Leeds residential homes get Wii-fit

Older people at three residential care homes in Leeds love their Nintendo Wiis so much that they are setting up a mini league for their in-house competitions.

The three homes: Westholme, Wortley; Knowle Manor, Morley and Harry Booth House, Beeston have only recently acquired the games consoles for their residents, but the fitness programmes have proved hugely popular, particularly 10-pin bowling.

Tony Moorhouse, 71, a resident at Knowle Manor said:
“Some people may say games consoles are just for young people, but we’ve been having great fun with the new games. The 10-pin bowling is helping us keep fit and active, and it’s much easier to set up a game for many of us than if we had to go to a bowling hall.”

Councillor Peter Harrand, executive board member for adult social care said:
“I’m delighted to see these new consoles have been so well received. I will be keeping a close eye on how the bowling league progresses, and I applaud the residents who have set it up.”

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