By Fran Maye
Nearly 80 people turned out for the fifth annual Senior Games at Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square last week.
Prizes were awarded in many of the games, which included horseshoes, ladder golf, water toss, tennis, bowling and bocce.
“These games help to keep them active in the community,” said Kristen Aran of the Brandywine Assisted Living, a co-sponsor of the event along with the Kennett Area YMCA. “We even had bingo for those with physical limitations. Several of our residents won first-place medals.”
Anita O’Conner, executive director of the Kennett Area YMCA, said she was pleased to see so many people attend.
“This is very beneficial for them,” O’Conner said. “Exercise is the best thing you can do not only for your body, but to get oxygen to your brain.”
O’Conner said many came out to socialize, and to take part in a barbecue and enjoy music provided by a local DJ.
“This is getting more popular every year,” she said. “This is a way for our seniors to stay healthy, and it’s a reminder for them to keep exercising.”
David Dill, senior program director of the Kennett Area YMCA, said more than 25 volunteers helped with the games.
“This was a very successful event, and even the weather cooperated,” said Dill. “There were a wide range of adults, even those in wheelchairs came out. And Anson B. Nixon Park is a great place to have the games. Everything went smoothly.”
The senior games will continue to be an annual event held in June and will take place at Anxon B. Nixon Park.