Older people from across Aberdeenshire will be gathering at Lochter Activity Centre, near Oldmeldrum next week to compete in a Highland Games event.
The Aberdeenshire Older People Highland Games is being organised by Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership and involves residents of Day Care services, Very Sheltered Housing and Care Homes. It will take place at Lochter on Monday from 10am to 2.30pm.
The teams taking part are from: Edenholme Care Home, Stonehaven, (Edenholme Thistles), Ythanvale Care Home, Ellon, (Tartan Treasures) Westbank Care Home, Inverurie, (Golden Gladiators) Allachburn Care Home, Aboyne (Allachburn Avengers) and Bennachie View, Inverurie (Bennachie Highlanders)
Teams are made up of three to five residents and two children, organisers have tried to involve families, inviting grandchildren etc. along to take part and support, as too are children of staff. Allachburn has one extra resident, as it will only have one child on its team.
The event is being opened by Provost Hamish Vernal, with various events taking place throughout the day including Zumba Gold, toss the caber, 100m wool pull and the bucket challenge. There will also be a staff three-legged spoon race. The day will close with a sing-long, presentation of medals and certificates.
Provost Hamish Vernal said: “This promises to be a great day and I’m looking forward to opening the event. It is meant to be a fun day but I’m sure it will also be very competitive. The games also highlight the importance of older people keeping fit. Physical activity leads to better health and cognitive function among older people, and can reduce the risk of falls in those with mobility problems.”