Senior Olympics Held for Elderly Nursing Home Residents

One community center was filled with more than two hundred people, Tuesday afternoon for the Senior Olympics. Residents from nursing homes all over the region came out to participate.

The Nursing Home Olympics started in 1987 as a celebration of Nursing Home Week. The Healthcare Association adopted it as an annual event.Originally state senior olympics were held, but due to an overwhelming response, they had to be broken into district competitions.

The coordinator for one district says there are a number of different games to participate in, "We have six different events. We have horseshoes, bean bag toss, discus which is a regulation frisbee, shot put which is a regulation softball, wheel chair races and later on we have a dance contest."

The Administrator of a participating nursing home said, "It's good for the residents, it's good for the staff. It builds community. It builds comradery. It's good exercise for the residents too. They've really been practicing for the last month or two and it gets them up and moving. It gets them involved in activity and it just gives them a day out in the community where they can just have fun and interact with people from other facilities." The nursing she operates had over 30 residents participate in the Senior Olympics. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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