Bingocize, developed here, expands to Tennessee

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- A program at Western Kentucky University is helping to improve the health and quality of life for the elderly, and it involves Bingo. The program is called Bingocize and it was developed by a team at Western Kentucky University’s Center for Applied Science in Health and Aging.

It combines simple exercises such as using work out bands or lifting a water bottle while playing the game Bingo.

Since the program’s launch in Bowling Green it’s taken off. Now nursing homes across the state of Kentucky offer Bingocize. The program will soon expand into Tennessee thanks to recent funding provided by the centers for Medicare and Medicaid as well as the Tennessee Department of Health.

The manager at CASHA says that while the program seems simple enough, it’s had a huge impact on the aging community here locally.

The program has been awarded a $503,800 dollar grant that will allow them to expand Bingocize to 40 certified nursing homes across Tennessee.