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Area Senior Citizens Compete During ‘Active Aging Week’

(Credit:  Pat Loeb)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Three teams of area residents competed today in an unusual bowling tournament.

It was held not in a bowling alley but in the activity room of a center city retirement community, and all of the competitors were over 70 years of age.

Some may not have been able to lift a bowling bowl, but they knew how to wield a Wii control.

“We’ve tried doing tennis, and boxing is good because it’s moving the arms, but I think they like the bowling because they have the satisfaction of seeing the pins go down,” says Emily Cuff, activities director at the Blue Bell Watermark retirement community.  “And the rest of the residents get to cheer and they have a great time.”

Cuff says this tournament is just one activity bringing together residents of all three of Watermark’s Pennsylvania locations to celebrate “Active Aging Week.”  There will also be mental challenge games and an awards ceremony later this week.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio 1060