Nursing home residents compete in 2017 Senior Olympics
JACKSON, Tenn. — Local seniors go head to head Wednesday at the 2017 Tennessee Health Care Association Senior Olympics at the Jackson Fairgrounds.
175 residents from 18 different nursing homes across West Tennessee participated in the annual competition. “We all love it,” Jattie Harvey, a participant, said. “We all get together and just play games.”
Participants faced off in everything from a basketball throw to a bean bag toss and horseshoes. “It gets the residents out of the nursing homes and together,” Connie Robinson, with Northbrooke Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, said.
This year’s competition included a Disney theme. Nursing home residents came dressed in costume. “Today our theme is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and I’m Happy,” Delora Pruitt, a participant, said.
Organizers said everyone got a participation certificate, but the top three people in each category took home a trophy. “I’m probably going to take home three,” Colvett said.
Organizers said the event started about 30 years ago.
Residents also got to participate in a parade and dance competition.