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In an era when video games are developed, used and mastered by the younger generations, places such as the Sonora at Splendido retirement community in Rancho Vistoso are finding other uses for home gaming consoles.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer Phil Click, a resident at Sonora at Splendido, maneuvers a skeleton sled down a run with a wireless motion-responsive controller on the Nintendo Wii.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer A pleased Pat Walton smiles after bowling a strike using Nintendo's Wii video game console. A digital character bowls a ball on the TV screen as Walton moves her arm as if she were actually bowling.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer Phil Click, seen reflected in a window, tries his hand at the ski jump in Nintendo Wii's Winter Sports 2008 game. Sonora at Splendido uses the Wii game console to exercise residents’ minds and bodies.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer Program coordinator Scott Rydecki explains to resident James Linder that he can use the Wii's motion-responsive controller to mimic swinging a golf club, making a digital character on TV hit a golf ball.