Six Gloucester, and one resident each from Rockport, Ipswich, Essex & Manchester haven’t given up on their Olympic dreams and are all over 55 years of age! In fact, they will be participating in the 6th annual Element Care PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) Olympics on Thursday, Sep 7th.
The residents from the towns listed above includes about four who are over 70 years of age, all residents will be competing on one of seven teams representing Element Care sites on the North Shore and Merrimack Valley. Approximately 80 participants will be competing in this year’s PACE Olympics which will consist of four games: Bocce, Bean Bag Toss, Fast Ball Relay and a new event, Healthy State of Mind.
Element Care Olympic athletes are young at heart and excited to be a part of this competitive event. All athletes practice 2-3 times a week, some even daily leading up to the event. Each team is supported by cheerleaders decked out in their team colors with noisemakers, necklaces and pompoms. Just like the international Olympic games, the PACE event offers a variety of games, multiple rounds of competition, intense training and athletes who come together to compete for the “gold” or in this case the PACE Olympic Trophy that will be awarded at the end of the event.
PACE at Element Care in Gloucester is a non-profit healthcare organization and the goal of its PACE Olympics is to promote wellness and a healthy, active lifestyle for older adults so they can live in their homes and communities, safely and comfortably, for as long as they can, keeping their stays in hospitals and nursing homes as minimal as possible.
Please let me know if you are interested in attending the PACE Olympics and perhaps interviewing one of our participants & getting some footage to post about this inspiring event! Thank you for your consideration!