A 100-year-old woman who plays her Nintendo DS on a daily basis suggests that the secret to old age might be gaming, which helps keep her mind active.
A 100-year-old woman who plays her Nintendo DS on a daily basis suggests that the secret to old age might be gaming.
Kathleen Connell from Thornliebank, East Renfrewshire in the UK hit the big 100 last Friday, but she claims that she doesn't feel a day over 80 – and she has a Brain Training age of just 64.
The elderly gamer said that she plays games for at least two hours a day, so much so that she even wore out her original DS and had to buy another one.
“I can't speak highly enough of it,” she told The Sun newspaper. “I don't know what I would do without it."
Connell has 10 games, including Brain Training, Scrabble, Family Fortunes and Art Academy. All of these exercise the mind and creative faculties, rather than simply being a form of entertainment, but the stress release value is probably also a contributor to her health and happiness.
Connell was emphatic that the DS helped to keep her brain active and thought that kids should likewise be using one to help them with their spelling and maths. Research has previously shown that the brain needs to be exercised regularly, just like the body, or it will start to decline. Puzzle games are clearly a good way to do this, while being fun at the same time.
“If there's any secret to a long life it's to think positive and keep your mind active,” she said.