The senior olympics take place in Paragould

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)-   The Paragould Community Center was filled with more than two hundred people, Tuesday afternoon for the Senior Olympics.

Residents from nursing homes all over Region 8 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 they event got so huge they were forced to scale down. Now, districts to hold their own events.

District four coordinator Amy Rollins 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."

Rollins says residents have a good time and get activity in they need.

"This is a fantastic event. Residents not only get to have a day away from the facility, they get to have a picnic lunch out here, and get to compete in events. The win trophies, they win ribbons, they get medals. Everyone here is supportive and cheering them on. It builds their confidence and it's just a fantastic day for everyone involved."

Administrator of the Trumann Health and Rehabilitation Center, Harold McMickle says this is the second year they've participated in the Senior Olympics.

"When the residents came last year they were so excited when they got back home and they talked about it for days. The staff talked about it for days. Everyone just had a great time and we knew we couldn't miss it this year."

Around thirty people from Trumann facility came to this years event.

McMickle says this is a great opportunity for all of them.

"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."

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