Friday was a very important day for several senior citizens as they took part in the 15th annual Senior Games at First United Methodist Church.

The games featured several races and events in which the participants could win prizes. They were able to take part in wheelchair races, kick the can, spin the wheel, washers and everyone's favorite—the cakewalk. They were also provided food, which was prepared by assisted living professionals from Ellis and Dallas Counties and live entertainment.

Debbie Jones is an employee of Hale Law Firm and an elder care coordinator for this year's event. She said she's been a part of the senior games for the past four years. She said the entire day is about the seniors and watching them have fun.

“Our goal is to make sure this is a great day for them,” Jones said. “It's about fun and food.”

She said it doesn't cost the seniors anything to be involved, because members of the community join forces to make it happen by donating food and prizes.

“Everything you see here is donated by vendors and people who take care of seniors in Ellis and Dallas Counties,” she said.

An active member and coordinator of the event since its inception is Laura Bradford of Renfro Health and Rehab in Waxahachie. She said they take the time to bring the seniors together so they can have a day of fun and entertainment. Even the ones who don't usually have an opportunity to get out, Bradford said they try to involve those residence as well.

“We try to included everybody in this fun event,” Bradford said. “Even those who aren't used to getting out or don't have an opportunity to do so, we make sure they get to participate in this event.”

Bradford said this event is important for the seniors, because it's a good way for them to meet other residence and take part in things that they normally wouldn't get to do.

Facilities represented were: DeSoto Nursing and Rehabilitation, Trinity Mission of Italy, Renfro Health Care Center, Covenant Place, Sterling House, Buffalo Creek, Red Oak Health and Rehabilitation, and Waxahachie Senior Center.

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