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Ideas to exercise in small cold places

The first story uses a computer game and the second uses school corridors. Both instances, require little funding, enhance neighborliness, and beats the old “jigsaw puzzle = elders” baloney [ Jigsaw puzzles Stave off ageism ].

The bowling story has great possibilities, especially for smaller communities or those without funding or space for analog infrastructure. It can also involve the entire family. Even though the little controller isn’t weighty, the need to control one’s swing and other movements should improve balance, hand-eye coordination, and muscle tone, as well as be fun.

Too bad Bethel never wanted the computer center that was granted, First Neighborhood Networks Center in Native Alaskan Community Opens (not)

[Look at the decent furniture! — furniture [ES&H] and ES&H Avoid dangerous furniture design principles ]


revised–2007-10-02 Boing-boing.com has very interesting stuff they find on the Internet. Here’s a photo of the use of Nintendo Wii in England. The Wii games are not only social but give immediate feedback for hand-eye control, balance, flexibility. I suppose the next trick would be to have the power for the TV and console generated by spectators. Whatever happened to shuffleboard? In England and New Zealand they play lawn bowls. I wonder if Nintendo designs other types of games?

Oldsters Help Propel Wii to Number 1
Elder gameplayers using Nintendo Wii console

Wii bowling knocks over retirement home

By Dave Wischnowsky, Tribune staff reporter
Published February 16, 2007, http://tinyurl.com/2a6nt2

At the Sedgebrook retirement community in Lincolnshire, where the average age is 77, something unexpected has been transpiring since Christmas. The residents, most of whom have never picked up a video game controller in their life, suddenly can’t put the things down.

“I’ve never been into video games,” said 72-year-old Flora Dierbach last week as her husband took a twirl with the Nintendo Wii’s bowling game. “But this is addictive.”

…With an easy-to-use wireless controller that translates a player’s motions onto the screen, Nintendo believes it has found the answer with the Wii…. “This is pretty realistic. You can even put English on the ball,” Hahn said after connecting on a strike with the Wii. “I used to play Pac-Man a little bit, but with this you’re actually moving around and doing something.

“You’re not just sitting there pushing buttons and getting carpal tunnel.”

North Pole’s senior citizens invited to take a walk
Published February 24, 2007
http://newsminer.com/2007/02/24/5468/

The … North Pole Middle School … has offered the use of their upstairs hallway for the seniors to walk while classes are in session. The classes are an hour long, giving walkers ample time to complete several rounds.

The reason for the offer is twofold: to give seniors a place to get some exercise and also to have a senior citizen presence in the school… Walkers need to check in at the front desk. There are elevators to the walking area and any student can give directions. School starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Classes end on the hour and lunch is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.


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nesting in place

Liz Taylor’s articles are linked on the sidebar. She practices aging in place, too.

By Rebecca Teagarden

LIZ TAYLOR IS a specialist in matters of aging and long-term care…. “Let’s talk about what the boomers need to think about as 77 million of us grow old — in a society that’s not at all prepared,” she says.

“It’s not one thing, but a combination — and more attitude and planning than architectural. When I see older people moving into two- and three-story humongous houses all around me, I think living on one level is probably the most important thing you can do to age in place.

“That, and exercise!”

… I’m almost ready for the rest of my life.”

“Almost” means Taylor wants to make her property available to friends, perhaps building two or three more small houses there so the group can care for each other or possibly share a caregiver.

Taylor would offer part of her house, either the main house or the B&B suite, to the caregiver. She hopes that attractive housing will attract more caregiving candidates. To pay for the help, Taylor bought long-term-care insurance seven years ago. She also serves on an island task force planning for Bainbridge’s growth over the next 20 years. She is working to change island zoning and sewer ordinances to permit such huddled housing….

First Neighborhood Networks Center in Native Alaskan Community Opens

Look for this in a senior center near you! (it never opened at the Senior Center, of course. Was moved to another organization for a year or so and hasn’t been seen since.)

First Neighborhood Networks Center in Native Alaskan Community Opens

02/16/2001

Bethel, Alaska — Neighborhood Networks celebrated the dedication of the Bethel Neighborhood Networks Center, its first center to open in a Native Alaskan community, Jan. 19.

The Neighborhood Networks center also is the third to open in a Native American community, following the Santo Domingo Pueblo Library/Learning Center in Santo Domingo Pueblo, N.M., and the Akwesasne Neighborhood Networks Computer Learning Center in Hogansburg, N.Y. The first two centers opened in Oct. 2000.

The center, located in the Eddie Hoffman Senior Center near several schools and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing developments, will be used for computer, academic and employment training, and cultural activities. Bethel will serve over 100 people.

HUD prioritized the development of the Bethel Neighborhood Networks Center in response to a severe decline in the fishery industry, a major source of food and commercial activity, which created a hardship for those living and working in the area.

HUD presented certificates of achievement to local organizations supporting the center, including:

* The Orutsaramuit Native Council, which led the effort to establish the center
* The City of Bethel, which provided space for the center
* The AVCP Housing Authority, which contributed $25,000 in start-up funds
* AVCP, Inc., which provided technical support
* The Eddie Hoffman Senior Center, which provided staff
* The Bethel Native Corporation, which facilitated the development of the business plan and agreement for the space

For more information about Neighborhood Networks centers in Alaska, contact:

Tarrie Cooper
U.S. Department of HUD – Seattle Office
Neighborhood Networks Coordinator
Seattle Federal Office Building
909 First Avenue, Suite 190
Mailstop 0AHM
Seattle, WA 98104-1000
Phone: (206) 220-5228, ext. 3250
Fax: (206) 220-5206


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