Pokemon Gogos armed with smartphones are on the prowl


Pokemon Gogos armed with smartphones are on the prowl

As populations age, new ways must be found to keep the elderly healthy. This Spanish town is leading the way

Sophie Davies

At first, when she retired from a lifelong career in nursing in her native Spain, Joanna Perez Osuna struggled with a lack of purpose. Then she found solace in a virtual world populated by “Pikachus”, “Weedles” and “Smeargles”.

Perez started playing Pokemon Go, the augmented-reality game that encourages players to travel around looking through their mobile phone cameras so they can collect animated creatures that “appear” in front of them.

Now the 75-year-old spends up to six hours a day walking the streets of Badalona, a quiet Spanish town to the north of Barcelona, chasing after digital ghosts, dragons and monsters...

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