Jonesboro, AR - Shannon Johnson - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Northeast Arkansas Senior's Compete in Olympics

Jonesboro, AR - Shannon Johnson

October 21, 2004 -- Posted at 5:30 p.m. CDT

Jonesboro, AR -- A number of Northeast Arkansas senior citizens tossed their wheelchairs and walkers to the side this week. Those things just get in the way when you're trying to show off your athletic skills at the Senior Olympics.

Senior citizens competed in the annual Senior Olympics. The games are hosted by the Arkansas Health Care Association. Events were held at Southwest Church of Christ. Contestants ranged in age 55 to 100. Don't let their AARP cards fool you, they play hard every year at the Senior Olympics.

"I feel like a 16 year old boy," said 100 year old, Wallace Leavingston.

Most of them play like 16-year-old kids. Especially when it comes to the dance competition. Other events include a bean bag toss, wheelchair race, and horseshoes.

These seasoned citizens look forward to the games every year.

"I think it's so good for the senior adults. It gives older people a sense of being loved and being together. I think it's great," said Agnes Stewart, a St. Elizabeth's place resident.

Arkansas Health Care Association nursing home workers think their residents are great. They say the games are a part of making their residents' golden years, their best years. Some nursing home workers are organizing to make the Senior Olympics a statewide competition

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