July 21

Bethany Village residents bowl for national Wii record

Wii Bowling Sue Vision

Whether it was their first time or their 300th time, 25 Bethany Village residents joined in a national Wii bowling event on July 16.

The National Senior League hoped to set a world record for the most senior Wii bowlers participating on a single day, asking Wii bowlers to roll a single game on July 16. The NSL began four years ago with the mission of providing seniors with a fun, competitive and social environment, and with the goal of raising money for Alzheimer’s and dementia care and research. National participation statistics for the July 16 effort are still being tabulated.Wii Bowling Kathleen Keller

Bethany residents participate in Wii video exercise games at various times and locations in the Bethany Village retirement community in Centerville each week. Teams from Bethany Village compete in Wii bowling tournaments with residents from other senior living communities in southwestern Ohio.

Bethany residents appreciate the physical and social benefits of Wii bowling, said Kathy Keller, who exercises in the Bethany Fitness Center five days a week and participates in Wii bowling groups three afternoons a week. “It’s fun gathering together to play. We don’t get too serious.”

Wii bowling Mick Vision 07-16-13On July 16, video systems were set up for Wii bowling in the fitness center and the aerobic exercise center, so residents could participate in the national effort and encourage each other.

“It’s a good physical activity that people enjoy doing together with friends,” said Craig Cole, Bethany Village Exercise Physiologist, who helped organize the local July 16 event with Kathy Klein, Life Enrichment Team Leader.