The rise in popularity of game-streaming platforms like Twitch — a service seemingly only used by snarky teens playing under quirky aliases — has paved the way for a whole new generation of video game enthusiasts. They just might not be the type you had in mind. Clips and articles are popping up online showcasing how older generations of tech aficionados have taken to gaming en masse. Long gone are the days of grandparents calling grandsons in frustration to ask how to send an email. The current generation of seniors bucks the stereotypical ignorance of technology, embracing hand-held controllers and battle cries as they take on their decades-younger counterparts in the digital arena. One team in particular has stolen the spotlight of late: The Silver Snipers, bringers of destruction in “Counter-Strike” leagues around the world. The team from Stockholm, Sweden, took their talents to the stage of Dreamhack 2017, an esports tournament, where they battled it out against some of the world’s most skilled esports players. Their mission was simple: to show the world that gaming is for people of all ages. Each member picked up the game for different reasons; some played as a way to connect to their grandkids, while others did it to pass the time. One thing’s for certain: This alliance has turned into a hellscape for their opponents. Game-fully Employed Turning to Video Games After Retirement
With every team member being over the age of 60, the combination of BirDie, Windy, Knitting Knight, Teen Slayer, and Berra Bang — all gaming aliases — has proved to be a first-of-its-kind powerhouse in the growing circle of older gamers. As one member explained, the game is not just for having fun. Gaming has given the team a chance to connect and be a part of a massive worldwide community. The gameplay also allows for mental exercise. It offers teamwork challenges and improves cognitive function, multitasking skills, and reflexes.
If The Silver Snipers are passing along one message, it’s that you’re never too young for an old-fashioned digital beat down.
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DEBRA FLANAGAN NATIONAL MS SOCIETY, GREATER NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER
provide funds to them, I do without hesitation. (So, thank you to Professional PT for this amazing donation!)” Debra Deb has come a long way in her rehab and has kept a positive attitude. There have been ups and downs throughout the process, but Deb has always stuck with the plan, and we are so happy with where she is today. Deb was an easy choice for Patient of the Month, even though she gets Dr. Patt mad when talking about LeBron James. –
“My father was diagnosed with MS when I was 2 years old, so it has always been a charity that is incredibly near and dear to my heart. He is the strongest person I know, and I love him more than anything. He never complains, and he always works hard to be as independent as possible. Looking at his medical history on paper, you wouldn’t think he could do the amazing things he does. He is an inspiration. I’ve done numerous walks (including the 50-mile, three-day MS Challenge Walk seven or eight times), mud runs, and other events to raise money for the treatment and cure of MS. The National MS Society is an incredible resource for anyone living with this horrible disease. Any time I can
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