Seniors at Lanier Village Estates in Gainesville competed in Olympics-style games last week.
More than 100 seniors from five retirement communities across Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina competed Nov. 15 in the OlympiActs.
“It is a great way to compete different communities in the same region in friendly competition,” said Lisa Sileo, communications manager of Acts Retirement-Life Communities. “It helps them to visit other areas and stay active as well.”
Senior athletes competed in 10 events, including an obstacle course, pool, pickleball, billiards, ping pong, corn hole, Wii bowling and Jeopardy.
“They can pick and choose what they like,” Sileos said. “There is not only physical, but there are a lot of brain health competitions, especially this year, to strengthen their memory.”
More than one quarter of older Americans don’t exercise, which is 31 million people over the age of 50 who are inactive, according to a press release by Acts Retirement-Life Communities.
“Inactivity is not good for a healthy lifestyle and our communities offer so many opportunities to stay active with cycling groups, swimming and many different things and opportunities,” Sileos said. “They have so many fitness and social activities because staying active is a way to have a better life.”
More than 29 percent of senior women and nearly 26 percent of senior men are inactive, according to the release.
“It is a great way for them to embrace healthy living no matter what age you are,” Sileos said. “It is a great event to have community spirit, having a great fun time and enjoying our residents with a little healthy competition as well.”
Sileos said the event is something the communities enjoy doing each year.
“They love it. At the pep rally everyone is cheering and it is a great time,” Sileos said. “There is community spirit, but there is also community rivalries. It is all in good fun.”