By Virginian-Pilot correspondent ©
Alzheimer’s Weekly featured a study that concluded patients suffering from brain disease who played pingpong regularly saw a boost in brain function and awareness, as well as decreased symptoms of dementia and depression.
At Westminster Canterbury, Lees
was accompanied by Virginia Beach neuropsychologist Scott Sautter, who describes pingpong as a game of “aerobic chess.”
“It’s great for eye-hand coordination, reflexes, balance, planning, strategy and a stress reliever exercising the mind and body in a safe activity for everyone,” he said.
Lees’ 75-year-old father, Larry Lees, took on residents at the table.
They included David and Carol Walter, both 75, who have been keen table tennis players since childhood.
“We grew up in Wisconsin,” Carol Walter said. “There was snow on the ground. Everyone went in the basement to play pingpong nonstop.”
Later in the 1960s, David Walter was so fond of the game he made a table out of a sheet of plywood painted green because the couple couldn’t afford a table.
He described the pingpong initiative as a “wonderful thing.”