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July 13, 2014

Heartland Hospice sponsoring Senior Olympics

NORMAN — Heartland Hospice is sponsoring its fourth annual 2014 Senior Olympics for nursing home residents in the community Sept. 18 at The Family Life Center at First Baptist Church in Norman.

Heartland is looking for community members who may want to volunteer for this event, as well.

“Nursing homes are caring for a large number of our elderly across the nation and in our community,” said Leah Smith, manager of business development for Heartland Hospice. “Most of these facilities are very limited on the ability to take residents off-site for activities. However, many residents are active and healthy enough to venture out from time to time.” 

The Senior Olympics is an event designed especially for nursing home residents.

In 2012, Heartland had more than 100 residents from local nursing homes participate, with more than 75 volunteers helping to run the games.

The goal is to make the event as much like the authentic Olympic games as possible, starting with an opening ceremony, invocation, running of the torch, the games and a closing ceremony.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Senior Olympics can receive more information by calling Lisa Beauchamp, Heartland volunteer coordinator, at 579-8565.

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