June is Seniors Month in Simcoe County.
This year’s theme, “Stay Active, Connected and Safe,” encourages seniors to stay engaged, both virtually and in person.
Now, with the help of a projector and some animated graphics, older people with cognitive impairments can exercise by playing video games.
Called an interactive motion machine, the Lucynt system now resides in five seniors’ residences in Simcoe County.
With Lucynt’s projector displaying games on a table or wall, people are encouraged to pop balloons or hunt down cartoon animals by tapping on the animated surface.
Residents of long-term care facilities can play big-screen games aimed at helping seniors emotionally, mentally and physically.
Each Lucynt costs $10,000, and funding for the units was covered by the federal New Horizons Seniors grant coupled with the grant from Hydro One’s Energizing Life Community Fund.
The $50,000 grants to county-owned residences are a great benefit for seniors, Simcoe County Warden George Cornell said.
“We are grateful to Hydro One and the New Horizons Seniors program for their commitment to supporting the health and resilience of our communities and residents,” Cornell said. “Seniors play such an important role in our communities and we are so proud to offer leading programs, services and supports to help residents as their needs change.