Senior Olympics Includes All Ages & Abilities

Standing Stone Senior Olympics

Local senior shows off her winning medals. Submitted photo.

Mountain City, Tn, September 10, 2018 – Long-term care elders representing Mountain City Care and Rehabilitation Center defied traditional ideas of aging and at the Senior Olympics competition last week. From a Lip Sync Battle to a Costume Contest and Banner Contest, the event centered around destinations where elders have traveled on vacation and more destinations where they dream of traveling.

“Some of our elders feel like a kid again at Senior Olympics,” Diana Branch, CEO at Mountain City Care and Rehabilitation Center said. “Life doesn’t stop when you come to a nursing home. We’re all about celebrating what they can do, rather than what they can’t do.”

Instead of looking back at their life, elders at Senior Olympics look to their friendly competition and say, “I’ll get you next year.” The annual Senior Olympics event pushes aside the aging clichés of nostalgia and frailty for fierce competition, perseverance and teamwork.

“It’s important for our elders to continue to have fun and to live an active life. Not only do Quality of Life events, such as Senior Olympics, create a fun life, but it also helps with their overall health,” Branch, said.

Senior Olympics is one of several one-of-a-kind Quality of Life initiatives at Signature HealthCARE including taking long-term care patients on vacation, infusing art into healthcare and recognizing elders’ accomplishments in the Hall of Fame.