When is the last time you really had fun – where you felt lighthearted, excited, were laughing out loud, and feeling fully alive in the moment?
I had THIS kind of fun a few days ago with a group of 12 seniors, ranging in age from 75 to 95, at a bowling and pizza party at Main Event, an immense, sparkly entertainment center that has bowling, laser tag, video games, shuffleboard and an adventure course with gravity ropes up above it all.
Although a few people walked into this bright and colorful location using canes or walkers, bowling was accessible to all with the bowling assist ramps that were made available to the group. It was delightful to see that even those who couldn’t throw the ball could still participate in bowling! And then, the group was royally treated to beverages and platters of pizza.
After the lively lunch, one of the women surprised everyone when she asked if she could go up on the gravity ropes. “Are you serious?” I asked. She confirmed that she really was, and her friend next to her said she wanted to try it, too. Then, a man said he would do it, so… Main Event made it happen!
The three seniors, myself and other advocates were hooked into safety harnesses and climbed up the steps to test our balance and agility on the swaying rope bridges, balancing planks, and zip line, while the remainder of the group watched and cheered us on from below.
The seniors described it as challenging, a bit frightening, and at the same time, exhilarating! Bowling was a good time, but the gravity ropes were definitely FUN.
Questions to consider…
When is the last time YOU had a roaring good time?
When is the last time you saw an aging adult having a really FUN and exciting time?
Does this inspire any ideas, or memories?
Please share your thoughts!