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Video games rot your brains...
Exacerbated sayings of the humble parent, often exhaled with hands on hips and eyes rolled back. However, it might be time to scratch the last, as it turns out that a little gaming could be good for you!
Gaming is not just for kids. Studies with the elderly have shown that gaming has many positive outcomes, from improved communication skills and stalling the natural decline of different cognitive skills to good old just making people happier!
Beyond the lull of a glowing screen, games require mental energy to play them. In one study, a car racing game involving a Volkswagen Beetle, required 60 to 85 year olds to multi task; steer and monitor for signs. When played for 12 hours it was found to improve memory and attention span.
Whether it be Angry Birds or the World of Warcraft, it seems the crux of it is to challenge yourself with new situations. As we age, it is important to pursue activities and hobbies, whether it be Bocce, Dancing, Gaming or Golf, each has their benefits, but one which can be done at any age and stage in life is learning how to paint. Creating things engages people both cognitively and psychologically, as one gets to utilise parts of the brain that one mightn't otherwise. Psychologically, people feel good when they make and create.
Painting is relaxing and therapeutic, it assists in mobility through the use of hands and grip. Painting encourages concentration and provides mental stimulation and provides a means of socialising and sharing stories. After all, everyone has a story to tell, a lesson to teach, and a wisdom to share. Life is a masterpiece bound together by your experiences, so you may as well share it with a paint brush in hand!