Here's yet another example that you are never too old to get a little exercise or partake in a little friendly competition. We saw that first-hand as Avera Prince of Peace nursing home residents took on Dow Rummel Village residents in volleyball.
It may not be your traditional volleyball setting, but it sure doesn't lack any of the excitement. Once a month Long Term Care facilities in Sioux Falls take each other on in a game of sitting volleyball with a waist high net and a beach ball. This month Avera Prince of Peace hosted Dow Rummel and everyone brought their game.
Janet Barth never played competitive volleyball in her day, but her son (who is probably a familiar name and face to a lot of you) Minnehaha County Commissioner Jeff Barth will tell you, she is always ups for a good game of anything.
Jeff says, "My mom has always been somewhat of a competitor more so in things like bridge or card games. It's especially good to see her being physically active. That's important to me."
Janet says, "It doesn't matter who wins. It's a case of luck."
Now anyone of these seniors could sit and rock away their golden years, but what's the fun in that?
Janet laughs and says, "Well, it's easier than doing pushups!"
Ain't that the truth sister! Health experts also say the benefits of this game are far reaching.
Jeanette Justice is a COTA or Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant with Avera McKennan says, "It's truly wonderful. It lifts their spirits, it gives them something to look forward to, it's social, and it's physical. The physical component to this is hand/eye coordination, reaching their arms up. How many people their age have the opportunity to lift their arms up, normally there is no reason to do so. It's just not something they get to do on a regular basis, as well as the camaraderie. They're happy to be part of a team. How often does someone their age get to work in a team setting? It's just all good."
The more active we are, the younger we stay and the longer we live. Here's all the proof you need.
The folks at Avera Prince of Peace also practice once a week and it has become quite a spectator sport at the retirement community for fellow residents and visiting family members. In case you are curious, Prince of Peace won one game, Dow Rummel took the other.