Effects of the Wii on the physical and psychosocial condition of older adults in a senior residential facility
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The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of the Wii on physical function, pain, activity level, depression, and perceived improvements in physical and psychosocial function in older adults living in a community. Twelve adults aged 76 and older who were living independently in a senior residential community were recruited. After assessing participants' physical function, pain, activity level, and depression, each participant played the Wii for six weeks. After the training, the same assessments were administered and perceived improvements were assessed by a semi-structured interview. Significant differences were found for muscle strength. According to the results of the interview, all of the participants answered that they enjoyed playing the Wii. It was concluded that playing the Wii could improve the physical function of older adults and could be used as one of the enjoyable physical activities to maintain their fitness.