On June 3, 2016, nine local senior living facilities, including Life Care Center of Osawatomie, Kansas, participated in the first Miami County Senior Olympics.
Ten residents from Life Care Center of Osawatomie competed in the events at Osawatomie High School. Contests included bean bag toss, ball toss, ring toss, bowling, horseshoes, wheelchair races, watermelon seed spitting and hog calling. The team wore coordinating T-shirts with the facility logo that said, “We are retired, not expired!”
Three residents won first-place medals: Donna Miller for the bean bag toss, Ivis Heffelfinger for the ring toss and Nina Branstetter for bowling. But whether they won or not, the residents had fun.
“My favorite part of the Olympics was participating in all the games and meeting residents from other facilities,” said resident Edwina Lincoln.
The Olympics were quite a feat to pull off for the local centers involved, too, and Tammy Conner, activity director at Life Care Center of Osawatomie, was instrumental in planning the event. Various participating facilities sponsored the games, and local businesses donated cookies, granola bars, water and Gatorade.
The local facilities are planning to make the Senior Olympics an annual event.