Seniors to compete and stay active during fun-filled games
-By Joe Harrington, Liberty Lutheran Public Relations Intern
Residents of the Liberty Lutheran senior communities of Paul’s Run Retirement Community and Artman, joined by residents of Masonic Home, Cathedral Village and Wesley Enhanced Living at Burholme are preparing for the 32nd annual Senior Games! The games, which are hosted by Paul’s Run this year, will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd at the LuLu Temple in Plymouth Meeting.
Over 100 competitors and cheerleaders attended the games last year and up to 125 are expected at the games this year. Competitors will compete for medals in events such as the wheel chair race, ball kick, bean bag toss, the hat and scarf relay where participants put on a hat and scarf then take it off and hand it to their teammates, and the new staff relay which is different every year. Cheerleaders will also be on-hand to rally their communities on to victory. Although the competition is friendly, it is certainly no joke. Participants come to the games proudly wearing medals they have won in previous years. The first place team is also awarded a trophy for their triumphs.
Last year our very own Artman won the first place trophy!
The games are about much more than competition. “The seniors love the challenge and competition of the games, but it is also a great way for residents to meet new people and make new friends from other communities. It’s a really nice day,” Jerri Iocono, the Life Enrichment Manager at Paul’s Run said.
“The games are much more fun and social than competitive, even though the competitors do love their medals. Adding to the festivities will be a DJ and the mummers come every year as well, which everyone enjoys,” said Carol Brown, Life Enrichment Manager at Artman.
Although the games are more about fun and socializing, Iocono says it is important to stay active at every age, and the games offer a great opportunity for members of the participating communities to get some exercise. According to the National Institute of Health, exercise can help treat individuals who are suffering from arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. The low- impact style of the events in the games is the perfect type of exercise for the seniors participating, Iocono adds.
As the games approach and the competitors prepare, all we can do is eagerly wait for the day of fun- filled competition, and ask, “Which community will add more medals to their chest to show off at next year’s games?” Let’s hope our residents at Paul’s Run and Artman come out on top!