More than 90 residents take part in the first Care Home Olympics
Residents at Edinburgh’s care homes warmed up for next month’s Olympics by taking part in their own mini games on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 July.
Staff at the City of Edinburgh Council working in partnership with Edinburgh Leisure’s Ageing Well project put on the inaugural citywide competition, which saw over 90 residents battling it out to be crowned sports champions of several events including: javelin, new age Kurling, Unstrictly Dancing, Care Home does Count Down and Funky Moves.
The two-day event took place in Drumbrae on Tuesday 26 July before the baton was passed to Inchview Care Home for a second day of games on Wednesday 27 July.
Elaine Perry, manager at Inchview Care Home, said: “We are delighted to host this event and Inchview has been transformed into an athletes’ village. Residents and staff have all gotten involved and have either been in training or making banners and pom-poms to cheer on their friends. I’m sure it’s going to be a fantastic day for everyone involved.”
Councillor Ricky Henderson, Convener of Health and Social Care at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "These social activities are a great way for older people to stay active and I’ve witnessed first-hand how much enjoyment the residents and staff get from these types of fun events.”
Anita Jefferies, Ageing Well Manager at Edinburgh Leisure said: “At Edinburgh Leisure, our multi-award winning Ageing Well programme caters for over 400 adults in community venues, supported by volunteers that are older people themselves.
“Staying active certainly helps to hold back the years, both physically and mentally and these games are a celebration of that and will hopefully get others inspired, no matter what their age or fitness levels.”
Opening the festivities on day two was William Gentleman who has had amazing success in athletics and encourages keeping active at all ages. William said: "As a Master/Veteran athlete myself, I am very much aware of the benefits of getting fitter and keeping active and heartily applaud this initiative."
Find out more about getting active in Edinburgh.