By Tim Damos
Jackie Bodette focused, took aim, and pulled the trigger. Another direct hit.
Bodette didn’t do her shooting in a field with a gun. She did it with a Nintendo Wii video game controller aimed at a high-definition television inside the Baraboo Civic Center.
“It’s fun and it puts a smile on your face,” said Bodette, the director of the Baraboo Area Senior Center Organization. “It also gets your competitive juices flowing.”
Some say there’s another reason to play video games that demand a range of cognitive skills: brain health.
The Alzheimer’s Association says about 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. And many people have turned to brain training and games, such as the ones available on the Wii and websites like Lumosity.com, to keep their minds sharp.