OLYMPIC fever is in the air at SwanCare’sWaminda aged care centre in Bentley Park, where a group of senior ‘athletes’ are preparing to take part in the upcoming Aged Care Games.
While they may not be Olympians, the Waminda Warriors have trained hard, building their fitness and honing their skills, ready to take part in the Games on August 4 at Belmont Oasis.
The Waminda Warriors are made up of 12 residents.
Run by the Seniors Recreation Council of WA, the Aged Care Games provide an opportunity for people in care to experience team participation and light competition, as well as social interaction, through adapted sporting games.
SwanCare chief executive Graham Francis said the games were an opportunity for residents to experience working together and being part of a sporting team, while enjoying social interaction and an element of competition.
“There can be a perception that people living in aged care are in some way separate from the broader community; but the (Aged Care Games) really dispel that myth, by providing positive seniors-focussed activities with a fun competitive edge,” he said.
“The games are a way we can encourage residents to embrace the concept of ‘active ageing. As an older person, staying active is important not only for maintaining your physical health, but also for your mental and emotional wellbeing.
“Our residents absolutely love taking part in the games, because it’s an opportunity to put that ethos into action – and perhaps to bring back happy memories of the sporting prowess they enjoyed in their youths.”