Gloucester Seniors bring home the Olympic Gold!
Hello everyone! I just wanted to let you know that the GLOUCESTER PACE SITE WON THE OLYMPIC GOLD last Thursday at the PACE Olympics! We are hoping to get some coverage for this huge accomplishment in Good Morning Gloucester and hopefully a picture!
I know you were unable to attend Element Care PACE Olympics on Thursday, 9/15 so I’m sending along a few photos of Gloucester residents who participated in the PACE Olympics and a write up below in case you are interested in covering it as a news or sports story. The attached photo’s include:
- Trophy shots of the Emerson team including some with Bob Wakefield, Element Care CEO
- Paul Scola, a Vietnam Vet who said “I love PACE. It takes care of all my needs. I’d recommend it to other vets.”
- Our Albanian seniors said “We love PACE and the Olympics which take us back to when we were young.”
Element Care PACE Olympics Write Up
Eleven Gloucester residents haven’t given up on their Olympic dreams and they are all over 55 years of age! In fact, they participated in the 5th annual Element Care PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) Olympics on Thursday, September 15th, 10am – 1:30 pm. and won Olympic Gold, bringing home the trophy to Gloucester! (Note: Element Care’s headquarters are in Lynn at 37 Friend Street)
The Gloucester Olympians include 7 over age 70, 2 over age 80, a 68 year old Vietnam veteran and members a local Albanian community who competed on one of seven teams representing Element Care PACE centers on the North Shore and Merrimack Valley. This year’s PACE Olympics consisted of four games: Bocce, Bean Bag Toss, Fast Ball Relay and a new event, A Healthy State of Mind, a three-part relay race consisting of a two-person puzzle competition, a cup and plate stacking challenge and a ping-pong sinker race. “We offer a wide variety of events so people of all ages and abilities can compete,” said Bruce Jankowitz, Element Care’s Director of Marketing.
The games are extremely competitive with participants practicing at least 2-3 times a week, some even daily leading up to the event. Each team was supported by cheerleaders decked out in their team colors with noisemakers, necklaces and pom poms. Just like the international Olympics games, the PACE Olympics offered a variety of games, multiple rounds of competition, intense training and athletes who come together to compete for the gold or in this case the PACE Olympic Trophy that was presented by Bob Wakefield, Element Care’s Executive Director to Element Care’s Emerson PACE center in Gloucester. The PACE Center at Buffum in Lynn won the trophy last year.
“The goal of Element Care’s PACE Olympics is to promote wellness and a healthy, active lifestyle for older adults so they can live in their homes and communities, safely and comfortably, for as long as they can, keeping their stays in hospitals and nursing homes as minimal as possible,” said Wakefield.
The PACE Olympics were held on Thursday, September 15th at Danvers Indoor Sports. PACE at Element Care in Gloucester is located at 29A Emerson Avenue (next to Pathways for Children)