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Personal care home hosts Olympics for residents

POSTED: February 27, 2014 12:16 a.m.
Stephanie Hunt-Wood/For The Times

Veteran Ken Cagle carries the U.S. flag and Sherry Carson follows with the Olympic flame Monday during opening ceremonies of the Summer's Landing Olympics. Carson's husband was also a veteran.

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Local personal care home Summer’s Landing at Limestone held Olympics this week at its Windward Lane facility.

“A lot of the residents watched the Olympics on TV,” said activity director Rachel Wallace on Wednesday after organizing and acting as goalie for the day’s event — whack-it ball.

The opening ceremonies were Monday, followed by horseshoes on Tuesday, whack-it ball Wednesday and long-toss scheduled for today. Long-toss uses a beanbag and “is my version of bocce ball,” Wallace said. Gymnasts from the nearby Gainesville School of Gymnastics performed for residents during Monday’s ceremonies.

The personal care home’s Olympic events are the same activities residents do during non-Olympic weeks for exercise, Wallace said.

“A lot of the residents have made a lot of progress over the months,” she said.

Closing ceremonies are today at dinner, Wallace said. Staff will keep it simple with photos and applause during the evening meal, she said.


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