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  • TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  John Schatz, 84, of Walnutport, competes in the bean bag toss as part of the Olympic Games held at the Blue Mountain Health System Adult Day Center. The event continues today and tomorrow.
    TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS John Schatz, 84, of Walnutport, competes in the bean bag toss as part of the Olympic Games held at the Blue Mountain Health System Adult Day Center. The event continues today and tomorrow.
Published September 17. 2012 05:05PM

They tossed for a ringer, shot for a bull's-eye, and even chucked the chicken.

They were among the many activities at the sixth annual Olympic Games at Blue Mountain Health System's Adult Day Service Center in Palmerton.

About 35 individuals participated in the event, according to Denise Schneck, program assistant. It was held last week Thursday and Friday, and continues today and tomorrow, with an awards assembly scheduled for Wednesday.

John Schatz, 84, of Walnutport, was among the participants.

Asked which of the competitions was his favorite, Schatz said "I enjoy them all. It keeps me on my toes."

Joyce Cunfer, 87, of Lehighton, added, "it was fun."

Activities included darts, bean bags, chuck the chicken, washcloth fold, ring toss, basketball, sock sort, frisbee, washer toss, football, tennis ball bounce, and horseshoes.

The Adult Day Service Center provides state-licensed respite care for older adults. In addition to free time and ample rest periods, clients participate in a wide variety of activities based on the client's particular abilities, including daily exercise, crafts, games, puzzles, pet therapy, cooking and baking, gardening, dancing, bingo, needlepoint and sewing, music and sing-alongs, "theme weeks" and field trips. Daily nursing supervision allows for the monitoring of clients' medical conditions.

The center offers a warm, friendly atmosphere and the opportunity for seniors to develop friendships while participating in activities they enjoy. Participants also enjoy a light breakfast, hot lunch and an afternoon snack provided by the center. It is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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