By Tina Comeau
You’re never too old to be an Olympian. At least that will be the case at The Meadows over the next two weeks.
The long-term-care seniors’ facility is hosting two weeks of Olympics for its residents, which were being launched with opening ceremonies on Monday, Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m. The competitions will get underway that afternoon and be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of the two weeks.
One of the activities the residents will compete in will be curling, which will make use of a learn-to-curl indoor set.
“That’s probably the only real Olympic thing that we can do,” says Lynn LeBlanc, recreation manager at the facility who adds with a laugh, “The ski jump? Well the backyard didn’t have any good hills.”
Instead their Olympics will also consist of body sensory games and brain games.
“Body games are more of a gross motor competition where you’re kicking and throwing and brain games are memory and sorting and that type of stuff,” says LeBlanc.
There will be four teams representing each wing of the facility and medals will be handed out at the completion of the event.
And don’t be surprised if the competition is a little rigged to ensure there are some ties in some events so no one ends their Olympics on a disappointing note. After all, it’s all for fun.
LeBlanc says the residents have been interested in the actual Olympics that are underway in Sochi, Russia.
“We had a movie day planned the other day but they all wanted to watch the Olympics instead,” she says.
The Meadows Olympics closing ceremonies will be held on Feb. 27 at 1:30 p.m.