October 24, 2014

Seniors get up get out

By Fran Stodolak|Special to the Independent
Posted 7/29/09

On July 9, the crew from Sunrise Side Senior Services packed up at 8:30 and headed for lovely downtown Standish for a day of games, friends and lots of sunshine. The Senior Olympics were held at the Page Memorial Park. The morning started off with the lighting of the torch along with the crowning of the King and Queen. James C., 93 originally from Roseville, who now resides at MediLodge, was crowned King. Arlene P., a long time participant at our luncheon, and a lifetime Standish resident who is soon to be 102 years old was crowned Queen. The flag was raised with color guard of Standish VFW Post 3724.

Around 10 am, the games began, the park was filled with lots of excitement. Two participants of Pleasant Days Adult Day Caring attended with the crew – Arlene V., 88 year old originally from Alabaster and Chris N., 70 year old from Standish. Also a family member of two more participants brought them to join in the fun (Mabel B., 80 year old from Sterling and Jane T., 85 year old from Maple Ridge).

Although everyone is a winner – enjoying games, friends, stories from years past, and of course the beautiful day with tons of fresh air, Mabel took on Doreen G., 81 of Omer, in a game of horseshoes, making a ringer that took her to a 5-4 win.

Arlene and Mabel sat down in their lawn chairs for a good game of tennis. They had a wonderful time. Mabel was into everything, next came the hog-calling contest hosted by the Dean Martin Impersonator, Johnny Martini. If the pigpen were open, the park would have been full of hogs. Out of 10 contestants, Christine, this year’s winner of her 4 time first place ribbon even called the hogs in Polish. She is a long time participant of the Sunrise Side Senior Services Center, and now attends Pleasant Days Adult Day Caring at the center. We even had friends from St. Clair Shores come join in the fun, friends of Pleasant Days supervisor Amy Carson.

On July 23, with our 60’s tye-dyed attire, we again packed up and headed for the Saganing “Groovin’ to health” Health Fair. It was held at the Saganing Tribal Center. We handed out brochures and goodies. Also, we had some groovy crafts made by the Pleasant Days staff and participants for sale, consisting of angel necklaces, several themed birdhouses, dream catchers, and picture holders. Mabel, Chris, and Arlene join us for another day out on the town. The rain didn’t dampen the success of the health fair. Prizes were won. We had an awesome lunch, which topped off a groovy afternoon.

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