Can Computer Games Improve Mental Abilities in Seniors?

Computers in Human Behavior found that 60% of the adults in their study played electronic or digital games had a high sense of well-being and social functioning compared to non-gamer seniors who were more likely to experience depression. The National Senior Wii Bowling League is hugely popular. In 2015 it had over 1,500 bowlers from 310 teams, representing a total of 100 communities across 26 states. Groups are organized into four-person teams that are divided into divisions. The groups play a 7 week schedule followed by a 3-4 week conference playoff. The league is represented by many 55+ communities and senior living groups. Video games like Wii Bowling are helping adults over 60 find recreational activities that are consistent with their state in life, health and mobility. Not to mention, that they allow seniors an enriching social life. UC San … Read More

Blue Light is bad for you! Read this to learn what you can do to avoid it

Blue light at night is bad for your health! Exposure to blue light emitted by electronics and energy-efficient light bulbs may be especially so. Blue wavelengths—which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood—seem to be the most disruptive at night. And the proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, is increasing our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown. Even dim light can interfere with a person’s circadian rhythm and melatonin secretion. A mere eight lux—a level of brightness exceeded by most table lamps and about twice that of a night light—has an effect, notes Stephen Lockley, a Harvard sleep researcher. Light at night is part of the reason so many people don’t get enough sleep, says Lockley, and researchers have linked short sleep to increased risk for depression, as well … Read More

Can’t Sleep? Blame it on your tablet, cell phone and laptop …namely their Blue Light!

Perhaps you are one of the 40 million people in the US who have a sleep disorder of some sort.  If so, do you read on your tablet, watch TV, check your email on your computer or text before bed? If you do, there is a good chance the two are related.   Studies are showing there has been a huge increase in sleep disorders that correlates to digital-technology-use before bed time. To put it simply, the artificial light emitted by digital devices such as cell phones, tablets and laptops, fool our brain into thinking it is daytime and cause us to stay awake. This sleep-disrupting, artificial light emitted by digital devices is commonly known as “blue” light. Blue light has a very short wavelength that produces a higher amount of energy. A Harvard medical study states that “High Energy Visible … Read More