Northwest Arkansas Senior Games registration deadline approaching
The focus for Arkansas and the nation has been toward developing a healthy lifestyle and remaining active as we age. The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas has been doing just that through the Northwest Arkansas Senior Games.
"The focus for the games has always been to motivate older people to continue to be physically active and mentally alert,” said Brad Bailey, the executive director of the agency. “There is no doubt about the importance of remaining active through physical activity as we age, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and eating a variety of good, nutritional foods to have a long and healthy life. This has been the mission of the games since they began 35 years ago."
Northwest Arkansas Senior Games provide an opportunity for fun, fitness and competition through a wide array of events including runs, dashes, walks, javelin, discus, shot put, air rifle, spincasting, basketball shoot, archery, bowling and much more.
The track and field events draw entrants not only from the agency's nine-county area, but also from across the state and nation. Last year the games had 267 entrants with ages ranging from 50 to 94.
Angie Dunlap, games coordinator, says that anyone age 50 or over is invited to participate. The registration fee is $10. The deadline for the 8-ball pool competition is March 29. All other event registrations need to be postmarked by April 12. Registration and information are available from the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas offices, the local senior activity centers and on the agency's web site at www.aaanwar.org and click on news stories. Late registrations will be accepted through April 19. To have a registration form mailed to you call 1-800-432-9721 or email email@example.com.