A recent study attempted to address this question by studying a small group of elderly individuals over 8 weeks. At baseline, all participants were tested using several validated measures of balance and falls risk, primarily the Berg Balance Scale (BBS), and then split into 2 groups, control (n=15) and intervention (n=15).
The intervention group completed 3 sessions (45 minute sessions) per week using Wii-Fit programs based upon Yoga, Strength Training, Aerobics and Balance Games. The control group completed cognitive ‘brain training’ tasks only with no physical intervention. Re-assessment at the end of the study showed a significant increase in BBS score in the intervention group but no change in the control group.