By Jack Halpern, CEO, My Elder Advocate As I travel across the country visiting with my clients in Nursing Homes and other long-term care facilities, I find that a majority of our nursing home residents aren’t getting the proper exercise to help them maintain mobility and their health. As you may be aware, at least 70% of our elders enter a nursing home because they require physical rehabilitation after a fall or stroke. They spend a brief time in the hospital and are quickly sent (some too quickly) to a rehabilitation center that most of the time is a nursing home. The goal of physical therapy is to restore, maintain, or promote optimal physical function. While physical therapy involves exercise, it’s a short-term program. Once a resident completes their short-term physical therapy program, they go on a maintenance program that includes exercise, but does not require a professional to administer. These programs require nurse’s aides to perform some minimal exercise like walking and stretching. Unfortunately, with severe staff shortages at most nursing homes, these maintenance programs are not carried out. No one is doing them. A few years ago Nintendo introduced the world to Wii (pronounced WE), a home video game console. The Wii emulates the motion of real sports. Playing a Wii tennis game involves swinging the controller as if it were an actual racket. Although Wii Sports features cartoon-like graphics and characters—imagery normally aimed at children—the elders are absolutely taken with the realism offered by the Wii Remote. “I’ve never been into video...