Who needs London?
Seniors from long-term care facilities embraced their spritely spirit with a dose of healthy competition at the annual Louisiana Nursing Home Association Senior Olympics on Aug. 3 at the ULM Fant Ewing Coliseum.
Over 350 seniors gathered together and competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in events such as the bean bag toss, horseshoes, discus throw, shot put, wheelchair racing and Socrates trivia, said Paula Harrell, bookkeeper at Lagniappe Healthcare.
“Twenty-four facilities from Region 5 were there,” Harrell said. “ULM was very gracious to allow us to use the coliseum free of charge.”
Harrell said the seniors had a riot of a day competing with one another and reveling in victory, friendship and fun times.
“Each facility decorated their designated area and the best banner received an award,” she said. “There was also a spirit award for the home that made the most noise. That meant they had the most spirit.”
Not only were there games, but the seniors also enjoyed live entertainment from Josh Duhamel and free food and refreshments, Harrell said.
“Each home had a theme too,” she said. “Our theme was the Wizard of Oz. The seniors had matching tee-shirts and some of the staff dressed as the characters. We had a Dorothy, Wicked Witch of the East, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Cowardly Lion and all the characters from the movie there.”
Regrettably none of the seniors from Lagniappe won a medal, Harrell said, but the day was well spent embracing youthful recreation.
Harrell said the day was an overall victory and she, the staff and the seniors anticipate next years senior olympics, and perhaps she predicted, there will be some victory lapses taken closer to home.