Two retirement communities prepare for olympics

The next Olympic games will take place in early 2012 in London, England, but a group of seniors living at two assisted living communities have gotten a big head start.

United Hebrew of New Rochelle and Willow Towers Assisted Living joined last week to play Olympics-style games and sports. They were also joined by a group of high school students. About fifty seniors and thirty students played in the games.

“We are committed to programs that allow our residents to interact with young people while participating in healthy exercise,” said Rita Mabli, president and CEO of United Hebrew. “Intergenerational activities enhance the lives of both seniors and teens.”

Some of the sports included wheelchair racing, bowling competitions, card games, and one game called a ‘gum ball shake.’

United Hebrew of New Rochelle is a chain of senior living retirement communities, including Willow Towers, located in New Rochelle, New York. Their locations serve about 600 residents across the continuum of care, from active living to assisted living.

According to recent census data from New York state, the 75+ and 85+ age groups are the fastest-growing segments of the state’s population, with both groups expanding by about 20 per cent per decade.