Sunday, May 24, 2009

Senior Olympics Makes a Splash with MembersPark Springs wins Silver and Bronze at DeKalb County Senior Olympics

Park Springs’ Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) is now home to some of DeKalb County’s finest Olympians. On Tuesday, May 12, 17 members of Park Springs competed in the DeKalb County Senior Olympic water volleyball competition at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Lithonia, Ga., taking home silver and bronze medals.

The 17 members were divided into three teams appropriately named the “Springers”, “Spike-n-Splash” and “The Stingers”. “Spike-n-Splash” captured the silver medal, while “The Stingers” took home bronze. The teams competed against other senior citizens 50 and older from across DeKalb County. A team from the Lou Walker Senior Center won gold.

“This was my first Senior Olympics, but not my last,” said Charlie Hooper, a member of silver medal winning “Spike-n-Splash squad. “Next time, I will work on setting the ball up as well as growing another foot taller,” he joked.

“We appreciated the backing that Park Springs gave us,” said Bobbe Nelson, also a silver medallist. “I enjoyed competing with the other seniors, and hope that other senior groups will come over to play with us at Park Springs.”

In addition to a rousing send off that included a short pep rally, the 17 Olympians returned home to find many of their fellow residents and Park Springs staff waiting to congratulate them.

“We really put Park Springs and all of our vivacious members on the map today,” said Park Springs Fitness Manager Lenoria Mackey. Today we really saw how our community brings families together. I am so proud of this strong and determined group of people, who played with their heart and soul.”

The DeKalb County Senior Olympics, founded in 1986 is designed to create awareness of the abilities and capabilities of older adults, help maintain and improve health and wellness, promote an interest in lifetime sports, recreation and physical activity as well as provide a strong sense of accomplishment.

“I am incredibly proud of our members for having fun, supporting one another and for working as a team,” said Lisa Kiely, Leisure Service Director of Park Springs. I want to thank Lenoria Mackey, our fitness manager for starting this program and for working behind the scenes to make this possible.”

The Southeast's premier CCRC, Park Springs enhances life for active seniors by providing independent residences alongside extensive amenities and on-site wellness and private health care facilities. The 398-home campus-style community is situated on 54 acres surrounded by Stone Mountain Park. A 64-suite health center provides assisted living, skilled nursing and dementia/Alzheimer's care. The campus style community boasts a 50,000 square foot clubhouse serving meals in four themed dining rooms daily and a 12,000 square foot fitness center with an indoor swimming pool. The Seniors Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders named Park Springs a Platinum winner. Park Springs is developed by Isakson Living and managed by Life Care Services LLC (LCS), a leader in senior living communities. LCS today serves more than 23,000 residents daily in over 80 communities nationwide. For more information on Park Springs, call 770-879-5006, 800-267-7126 or visit

Isakson Living is Georgia’s developer of award-winning residential communities for those ages 62 and better. Partner E. Andrew (Andy) Isakson first founded the company in 1982. The company has established itself as one of the most respected in Atlanta’s competitive commercial real estate market. The company’s vision to provide amenity-rich, independent living for discerning adults was born out of the personal experiences of the family of Ed and Julia Isakson after their difficult search for a community that would provide their parents with an active lifestyle combined with on-site health care. This mission manifested itself in Park Springs™, the company’s flagship property in Stone Mountain, Ga. Park Springs™ is nationally recognized by the 50+ Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders as the recipient of the 2005 Platinum Award in the CCRC Overall Community category for large CCRCs (200 or more units), as well as the Gold Award for Interior Design.
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