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Seniors go for the gold at Norman event

About 100 area nursing home residents competed in such sports as basketball, arm wrestling and golf at the fourth annual Senior Olympics in Norman.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: May 19, 2012

— Area nursing home residents competed in activities from basketball to arm wrestling at the fourth annual Senior Olympics in Norman.

The event is designed to promote health, fitness and psychological well-being by offering the opportunity for senior adults to socialize and participate in contests, complete with Olympic-style medals for the winners.

Heartland Home Health & Hospice sponsored the event, which included indoor games and lunch Thursday at First Baptist Church's Family Life Center.

“Many nursing home residents don't have the opportunity to leave the facility they're in, even if they're physically capable of doing so, due to limited nursing home activity budgets,” said Heather Hinson, head of the Heartland Senior Olympics Committee.

Senior Olympics gives them a day of fun, participation and achievement, she said.

About 100 nursing home residents participated in this year's event, which included an opening ceremony and torch run.

Oklahoma City Thunder Girls trainer Steve Clausen was master of ceremonies for the event, with performances by the Thunder Girls and the University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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