"Wii Elbow" for Grandpa? Seniors and Video Games
Ever played Mario with your grandfather? Kicked your grandma's tail in some Halo? No? Well, neither have I, although Eureka,
The basis of such speculation stems from a report that Nintendo recently set up a booth at an AARP (American Association for Retired Persons) convention. The source is not cited.
Instead, the Times-Standard's main resource is Evelyn M. Hass-Kolshinki Miller, all of 86 years young. The
Having purchased a computer at 81, Miller is evidence that senior computer usage is on the rise. But, video games? The Times-Standard's glowing review of Free Cell, which it calls "a complex computer variation of solitaire," is hard to link with the modern world of Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony.
The Times-Standard has written this story in an attempt to show that video games, which stimulate the brain, are a worthwhile pastime for seniors. That's a valid point, but writer Thadeus Greenson's attempt to connect Free Cell with modern "video game machines" is a stretch.
Besides, amongst all of these "Wii Elbow" complaints, do we really need the elderly compounding their cataracts with black eyes or throwing the Wiimote through antique candy dishes? Medicare (besides the legal system) has enough on its plate, thank you.