Seniors, beat the kids at their own games

ACH Group launches six-week gaming challenge for seniors

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SWITCHED ON: Older South Australians are being invited to take part in Stay in the Game, a six-week online video gaming challenge being run by aged care provider ACH Group.

SWITCHED ON: Older South Australians are being invited to take part in Stay in the Game, a six-week online video gaming challenge being run by aged care provider ACH Group.

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Older gamers invited to battle it out in video game competition.

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DO YOU know your Mario Kart from Donkey Kong, and your Fortnite from your Pokemon?

If so, this new South Australian challenge, which proves you don't need to be a teenager to enjoy gaming, could be for you.

In fact, more than 40 per cent of Australians aged 65 and over regularly play some form of video game, according to the Interactive Game and Entertainment Association - the country's peak body for the video games industry.

Now older South Australians are being invited to get out their consoles and battle it out to be named Gamer of the Year.

Stay in the Game is a fun six-week online video gaming challenge being run by aged care provider ACH Group.

Its chief executive Frank Weits said many health and social benefits can be experienced by participating in online gaming and the Stay in the Game Challenge.

"Modern online gaming offers everything from dancing to boxing and Scrabble, meaning it can be an exciting addition in keeping your brain and body active," he said.

"The challenge also inspires community wellbeing and social connection as participants are encouraged to play with friends and family.

We are especially looking forward to hearing stories of grandparents and their grandchildren participating in the challenge together.

As well as playing with friends and family, challenge participants can meet via an online portal and there will be a series of face-to-face 'Arcade' sessions across metropolitan Adelaide.

Participants are encouraged to set and track their goals, which could include how many friends and family they will play online with a week, or how long they'd like to exercise every day using online gaming.

At the end of the challenge, participants will be asked to submit their stories to be in the running to win four major prizes including South Australian Gamer of the Year.

It is easy to get involved in the challenge even if people haven't engaged with online gaming before.

All that is needed to participate is a smartphone, computer, or your favourite gaming device (Facebook Portal Plus, PlayStation, Nintendo) and internet.

ACH Group has also published a list of games curated for fitness and social play in-mind.

"If they are new to online gaming, our advice is to play a traditional game online they're already familiar with such as Scrabble or chess," Mr Weits said.

"Then when they feel confident playing those familiar games, they can take up the challenge of learning a new game.

"This also highlights the opportunity for older people to learn new skills through gaming."

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