Wii can really bowl again

It's been a long time since Margaret Daniel has bowled, but that didn't keep her from playing in a Wii bowling tournament at Kentwood Nursing Facility with her mother, Jeanette Nix, a resident of the facility.

 

"This was the first time I've bowled in 40 years," Ms. Daniel said. "Who would've thought that when I bowled again it would be in a video game?"

The mother-daughter team tied for first place in the tournament May 14.

Over the past few months, the residents have been playing the Wii and have been enjoying it, said Nancy Powell, the administrator.

"It's the new bingo of nursing facilities," she said. "Our activities are no longer just Bibles, birthdays and bingo. The Wii has become the most popular activity we have."

So, when the residents found out about the tournament, they didn't hesitate to participate, she said.

About 30 residents were teamed up with 30 staff members and family members for the tournament. After successful bowls, team members gave one another hugs and high-fives.

Resident Alice Halford was looking forward to playing in the tournament.

"I think it's fun to do. It's something different, and it doesn't matter who wins. We all had fun," she said.

Her teammate, Patricia Hollomon, who is a charge nurse, agreed.

"This is a chance for all of us to have fun and see each other in a different light," she said. "They don't see us as just staff members, and we don't see them as just residents. We're a family, and activities like this demonstrate how much fun we can have together."

They were the other first-place team.

Janet Dawson, the registered nurse supervisor, said that the Wii has been physically and mentally beneficial for the residents.

"It's good for their range of motion. It keeps them supple through the bowling action. Just as important, it keeps the mind stimulated," she said.

The event was one of several activities at the facility last week in celebration of National Nursing Home Week.

Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or nikasha.dicks@augustachronicle.com.

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