Northeast Louisiana Seniors to Compete at Nursing Home Olympics

Hundreds of Northeast LA seniors are abuzz preparing for the Louisiana Nursing Home Senior Olympics to be held August 1, 2014 at the ULM’s Fant Ewing Coliseum.

Olympics Chairperson Maradye Rinehart said, “Residents and staff members look forward to this event every year. Our seniors have a great competitive spirit, and it is very rewarding to watch their joy when they accomplish their goals.”

Representing more than 25 nursing facilities, the Nursing Home Olympics will host a series of athletic, Olympic-style events that have been adapted to the abilities of nursing home residents.  Since its inception in 1983 by the Louisiana Nursing Home Association, this event has provided an arena for seniors to remain physically active, to socialize with peers, to compete and experience the excitement of winning.

The events include Socrates Trivia, Shot Put and Discus Throw, Bean Bag Toss, Horseshoes, and a Chariot (wheelchair) Race. Activity Directors of all participating facilities will also compete in a Chariot Race. Additionally, a Spirit Award is given to the facility that shows the most team support, while a Banner Award will be presented to the facility displaying the most impressive banner theme.

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