West Seattle retirees got game: Wii at The Mount

We saw it in the Providence Mount St. Vincent newsletter that landed in the WSB postal-mail box one day: Wii bowling at The Mount. So much for the old image of retirees sitting around playing canasta, or maybe, just maybe, shuffleboard. They were kind enough to let us drop in to see for ourselves:

As you can see, they’re doing pretty well. Resident assistant Ken Howard told us that it’s really just a matter of, if you can’t get out to play the games, this is a new way to bring the games in to them:

By the way, if you’re not familiar with Providence Mount St. Vincent, it’s the huge complex on the west side of 35th along the big rise south of Alaska, nicknamed “The Mount,” and it’s been around longer than some of its residents – more than 80 years. It’s even home to a unique child-care program that brings together the oldest and the youngest members of the West Seattle community. As for the Wii — it’s also being used at local libraries, with occasional how-to’s for adults, and the Delridge Library is offering teens open play with Wii and Dance Dance Revolution this Wednesday, 3-5 pm.

4 Replies to "West Seattle retirees got game: Wii at The Mount"

  • Jim March 16, 2008 (4:30 pm)

    West Seattle Senior Center is also installing a Wii for it’s members.

  • miws March 16, 2008 (6:51 pm)

    I don’t have a Wii, or any other gaming device, and have no immediate plans of buying one, (the Internet is my addiction of choice) but I think it’s great that so many Seniors are using the device. Great way for them to interact with modern technology without feeling intimidated by the device.


    I wonder if Nintendo had any idea the Wii would have such a strong appeal to the generation that is grandparents, or even great-grandparents to the generation VG’s are usually geared toward?


    Can’t wait for the next major release of Wii, or any similar device that will draw the crowd willing to wait for up to several days in line for the “midnight release”. Might have just as many oldsters than youngsters!


    Warning to the younger generation: don’t cut in line in front of, or otherwise dis “Granny with her cane”. She’ll likely clobber ya a good one! And, if whe’s been using Wii for awhile already, she’ll be in plenty good shape to do so! :P



  • Jiggers March 17, 2008 (2:45 pm)

    My cousin owns a bar in Honolulu, and he’s thinking about installing one of these wii so his regulars can have some fun while having a few drinks.

  • Beth May 10, 2008 (3:50 pm)

    Can you beleive it what a bridge between the ages it is so nice to see teenagers come in and play with the grandparent or even thier great grandparents.

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