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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - You've heard of rehab... but now there's a new trend in rehabilitation called 'Wii-hab.'  The gaming system by Nintendo uses wireless remotes to control games.

Now adults with disabilities at the Albany Advocacy Resource Center are using the device for physical therapy to help improve movement and motor skills, and it's working. 

"Oh, I like it. We love it. It's great therapy for my hands," said Rhonda Smith.

Debra Gibson said, "It helps my hand coordination." And is it fun? "It's fun. It's real fun!"

Meghan Duke said, "It's a great therapeutic opportunity for them, but also recreational time for them so they look forward to spending time with their friends and hanging out. It's a great social aspect for them and we just love the community for supporting our organization."

Walmart, the Porterfield women's group, and an individual donated the Wii to Albany ARC.

The adult day participants told us, they never fight over the game, they are good at sharing, though everyone always wants to play Wii.

 

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