Pageants lift senior's spirits

An assisted living center in Orange Park, Florida recently crowned a pair of their own pageant winners, Clay Today reports. The Ms Clay County Senior and Ms Assisted Living Facility Pageant were held last week at St. Giles Presbyterian church and featured 17 senior women competing for the prizes.

According to the source, the pageants focused on the life experiences of assisted living residents.

Pageants lift senior's spirits Ms. Clay County Senior was won by Eloise Norris while Verna Wilson captured the Ms. Assisted Living Facility crown. For Norris, the experience was certainly a worthwhile one.

"Being in the pageant was awesome!" Norris told the outlet. "When we came down the aisle, the master of ceremonies said we looked great. This was really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Although the pair of pageants gave Norris and others an emotional boost, some senior citizens are not so lucky. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) approximately 5 million senior citizens suffer from subsyndromal depression, which has symptoms but falls short of diagnosis for clinical depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that an active lifestyle, demonstrated by those in Clay County, can benefit one's mental health.

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