The Good LIFE

Each day, the LIFE Centers of Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence support the needs and services of participants. LIFE’s managed care model helps support older adults live independently at home with the monitored care they need to thrive in their neighborhood.

In September, LIFE participants engaged in numerous social activities focused on exercise, arts and crafts. LIFE Beaver held their own Olympics, Life Lawrence saw participants follow the yellow brick road on Wizard of Oz day while a participant from LIFE Butler was inducted into his High School Hall of Fame.

LIFE Beaver County recently held a Senior Olympic Week at their center for participants. Each participants had a week to practice and perfect their skills before competing in 3 events – Golf, Cornhole or Horseshoes.

Each day held an “Opening Ceremony” with a flag and torch bearer. The competition was fierce, but the fun was top notch. After three long days, the top 3 scorers in each event were awarded medals in a closing games ceremony.

 

 

Life Lawrence County participants traveled somewhere over the rainbow when they celebrated “Wizard of Oz” day. The theme day was organized by recreational therapy manager, Lisa Scheidemantle, who has been with Lutheran Senior Life for over 20 years. Participants posed for a photo with Dorothy, (played by LIFE Lawrence recreational therapist Riley Gallagher) while partaking in activities like painting a ceramic rainbow, playing pin the heart on the tinman, and throwing apples. Participants solved and Oz theme word search, and enjoyed a Kansas chicken sandwich, “Yellow Brick Road” Corn, “Emerald City” green salad, “Over the Rainbow“ fruit with a melting witch brownie for dessert.

At LIFE Butler County, participant Oliver Norris was honored by his alma mater, Mars High School. Norris had a very prolific high school sports career at Mars High School. Norris (Class of 1979) as a three sport athlete in football, basketball, and track & field.  After high school, he even received a full scholarship to Texas Christian University for football. Now, Norris gets to call himself a Hall of Famer. Norris was one of several former Mars athletes recognized and inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame.

“This is the most cherished award I have ever received,” Norris said about this honor. “I feel really blessed to receive this recognition.” Oliver wanted to make sure to recognize his former teammates who played a big part in this award.. “When playing sports it was always a team effort,” Norris said. “I would not have been this good without my teammates.”