Social Gaming Site Helps Women and Seniors Engage for Better Health

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Social gaming site helps women and seniors engage for better health. Gaming community creates new connections, stronger human interactions and happier, healthier lives.

Social Gaming SIte Helps Women & Seniors Engage for Better Health

Winster is a Godsend for me. I play everyday, have met new people, learned new skills, and established strong personal relationships that keep my mind active and my spirits high. I'm convinced that Winster is a big reason I'm feeling so great these days, despite my condition.

Women and seniors who love the social aspects of games but aren't able to get out and about with others, are finding new life with Winster.com, a social gaming site that connects people through games and puzzles on the Web.

What sets Winster apart from other game sites is that players cooperate, rather than compete, to win prizes. The more they help each other, the faster they win. Winster.com caters to adult women who play online games for social purposes, just as knitting or bridge clubs did for previous generations of women and seniors. Players can create a profile and maintain a list of friends that they can easily find and join in game rooms.

For Ramona Hernandez, a 52-year-old from Sunnyvale, California who spends much of her time at home due to her chronic back pain, Winster has opened up an entirely new world of health and happiness. "Winster is a Godsend for me. I play everyday, have met new people, learned new skills, and established strong personal relationships that keep my mind active and my spirits high. I'm convinced that Winster is a big reason I'm feeling so great these days, despite my condition."

Studies show that people who are more socially engaged and mentally stimulated stay sharper longer. According to a recent study by the American Journal of Public Health, which looked at the relationship between social networks and dementia, 18 percent of women with low "social network" scores developed dementia, while only 10 percent of women with stronger social networks did.

The link between close friendships and greater mental acuity is one indicator that people live healthier, more fulfilling lives when they have positive social interactions with others. Winster was designed to address the natural human desire to cooperate with others, but in the novel form of an Internet game site. By combining the fun of online games with a web-based social network, Winster is helping women and seniors strengthen their own social networks to lead more rewarding lives.

Hernandez's story is just one of thousands of women and seniors who are finding a new way to form rewarding social relationships online. Since its launch in the fall of 2006, Winster has developed ten cooperative games -- from Slot Social™ to Spell Squad™, and has attracted over 250,000 players, many of whom visit daily to play for several hours at a time.

"We've reinvented the social club through online games," says Winster Co-founder Michelle Kaplan. "By combining the fun of playing group games with the power of the web to bring people together, we are creating a new type of pleasant social experience. And if people are happier, healthier and more engaged in their lives because of Winster, then we're on to something special."

About Winster:
Winster, Inc. operates a new type of Internet game site that caters to people who play online games as a social outlet rather than a competitive one. The site offers innovative games designed to foster a sense of community and promote positive social interaction by enabling players to help each other win prizes. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in San Mateo, California.

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