How Pokémon GO Is Helping Seniors Recover from Injury

The Pokémon GO craze has been getting people up and moving, challenging their bodies and minds. At DeBary Health and Rehabilitation Center in DeBary, Florida, an innovative therapist thought that utilizing the app would help get our patients motivated. She thought that not only would Pokémon GO benefit patients physically, but it would also encourage interaction with their environment – and provide a firsthand experience with something many of their children or grandchildren are experiencing.Typically, when one hears the word “therapy” or “rehabilitation,” exercises and weights come to mind. However, at DeBary Health and Rehab, we have incorporated many different, non-traditional activities into our treatment sessions – from using a Nintendo Wii to completing activities on an iPad to playing games. This technology helps our patients reach their goals. The addition of the Pokémon GO app seemed like another great way to make progress with the patients, while bringing extra enjoyment into the therapy sessions.

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