DALLAS, TX---According to the Entertainment® Software Association, 58 percent of Americans play video games. The average game player is 30 years old and has been playing for thirteen years.
These industry stats provide a clue as to the prevalence of video gaming as a major form of entertainment for young people. However, gaming is for all ages.
Look no farther than Darlene Springer, a resident of Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community in North Dallas.
She has enjoyed Wii Bowling for five years since learning from a fellow resident. Now 87, Mrs. Springer has rolled an astonishing 730 perfect games in Wii Bowling over the last two years.
In 2013, Mrs. Springer added a new twist to her favorite pastime: she can roll strikes with her back to the television screen! Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEXNW4i5r30
Why try backwards Wii Bowling? "I've rolled many, many perfect games, and it was actually getting boring. So I decided to try something new, and with practice, it worked," she described.
Mrs. Springer shares her secrets with fellow residents, teaching others how to play in the game room of Highland Springs. She also leads a chair aerobics class on weekday mornings with up to twenty attendees.
Mrs. Springer is part of a growing trend. According to a study released in 2013 by North Carolina State University, 61 percent of people over the age of 63 are playing video games occasionally.
"The research published here suggests that there a link between gaming and better well-being and emotional functioning," says Dr. Jason Allaire, lead author of a paper describing the study and an associate professor of psychology at NC State.
What's next in Mrs. Springer's gaming career?
"If there's something new out there that I haven't done, I'm willing to try," stated Mrs. Springer. "It's a challenge, and I'll always enjoy teaching others, too."
About Highland Springs: Highland Springs is one of sixteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Located in North Dallas, Texas, the scenic 89-acre campus is home to more than 650 residents. Highland Springs is the ideal greater Dallas retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.