Taking part in crafts, games, sporting activities and health information sessions, more than 100 citizens from the area celebrated National Senior Day on Friday at Woodlawn School.
The event was sponsored by the Carroll County Recreation Department and replaced the Twin County Senior Olympics that were held in recent years. Carroll County Recreation Director Libby Lineberry said participation in the Senior Olympics had dwindled to the point it was no longer feasible.
“So this year we coordinated with National Senior Day to do one here with competition, games and different stations. This is mostly where we are getting all our seniors for the walking club and the exercise room, so it worked out well with the Woodlawn program,” Lineberry said. “Reaction has been phenomenal, very, very good. People have thanked us. They are telling me it is drawing the community together, so we are just glad we can be here and do it for them.”
Games included a free throw contest, corn hole, ring toss, bean bag toss, and a competition to see who could walk a mile the quickest. Medals were awarded for each category. Crafts were held outside, including a station to make birdfeeders.
There were also stations inside the Woodlawn Gym. Twin County Regional Hospital was on hand to do wellness checks for blood pressure, pulse, oxygen levels, body mass index, and more. U.S. Cellular did phone demonstrations to help seniors with cell phones, while Carroll Fire and Rescue did demos on smoke alarms and carbon monoxide protection. Access Home Health also gave out information, while Mary Kay representatives held giveaways.
“Everybody just seemed so happy with the National Senior Day,” Lineberry said. “They were all tickled to have an event to come out for and to get free things and have fun. It was a successful day.”
Fruits and vegetables were available for seniors. Millers’ Deli donated two cakes and Lowe’s Hardware donated two mums for morning and afternoon door prize drawings. Gift bags were given to each senior including a pill holder from Wal-Mart, a whistle (to call out for help), a stress ball, bandana, free coupons for desserts at Shoney’s and Applebee’s, pins from Grayson National Bank, and medical droppers from CVS. The Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market also donated a box of apples, while Shoney’s donated tea and lemonade for the event.
“It went really well,” Lineberry said.
Lineberry wants to remind the community that the walking track and exercise gym are open at Woodlawn School from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Anyone can join the walking club any time the school is open.
“Just let our staff members know you are interested and complete the paperwork and you can begin the walking club at any time,” said Lineberry.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN