Rolling to gold at Greenridge Place

Memory care center launches summer games

Belen Ward
bward@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/30/21

Kids and seniors kicked off an Olympic-styled Touch Run and Games event July 22 at Greenridge Place, a Memory Care facility for people with dementia. “Every four years we have the Summer Olympics, …

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Rolling to gold at Greenridge Place

Memory care center launches summer games

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Kids and seniors kicked off an Olympic-styled Touch Run and Games event July 22 at Greenridge Place, a Memory Care facility for people with dementia.

“Every four years we have the Summer Olympics, but last year, we weren’t able to do it because of COVID,” said Michelle Mayer Life Engagement Director. “We’re very excited that we were able to host our Olympic games this year.”

The Westminster facility’s neighbor watched as staff, children and residents walked and rolled on wheelchairs in a relay-style and hand-off torch race.

Jack Spratte, a resident with Greenridge Place won a silver medal for walking the furthest. When asked about the race he told a beautiful story about his grandparents from both sides of the family who immigrated to America from Germany in about 1890.

“My wife and I decided to take your trip to Germany and find out what village they came from. We found a person over there in a little German Village that took us everywhere and the Church they went to.”

“We’ll host every afternoon until August 8, our own Olympics. It helps the residents feel socially connected, feel stimulated, and be active,” said Michelle Mayer, Life Engagement Director.

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