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Senior Olympics do more than create fun

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- A group of Yakima seniors enjoyed playing games like croquet today, as part of their Senior Olympics.

Organizers say the games help to jog the memories of those with Alzheimer's or dementia.

After a game of croquet, Sandy Schuh  was able to remember playing baseball as a little girl. She went on to talk more about her school days.

"I lived so far from the school that I had to catch the bus. Then I had to walk a couple of miles from the bus stop to my home," said Schuh.

The Respite Adult Day Center and Day Break at The Harman Center teamed up to put together the games.

They say keeping seniors active could help prevent emergency hospital visits, or even delay moving into residential long-term care.