A report says card games can help stroke patients recover just as much as computer games. Researchers did tests to see whether computer games or traditional games were better at treating strokes. They found that playing cards, bingo, dominoes, and even throwing paper balls improved patients' motor skills. Using Wii games consoles also helped. The researchers said if the task is repetitive and gets the hands and arms moving, it will help.
A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. Sufferers usually experience physical changes such as drooping face muscles, slurred speech and a loss of strength. The researchers said it wasn't clear if virtual reality games or traditional games helped more. They said: "We…think that new technology is better than old-fashioned strategies, but sometimes that's not the case….We found that simple recreational activities…may be as effective."