Charlotte seniors participate in virtual bowling week for good cause
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Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Charlotte seniors participate in virtual bowling week for good cause

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    TAHIRA BENJAMIN - tbenjamin@charlotteobserver.com
    Glenn Pehl bowls for a strike during a benefit Wii bowling competition to raise funds for research into Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
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    TAHIRA BENJAMIN - tbenjamin@charlotteobserver.com
    Residents at Plantation Estates cheer each other on during their annual Wii bowling fundraiser for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research.
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    TAHIRA BENJAMIN - tbenjamin@charlotteobserver.com
    Senior residents of Plantation Estates watch as Preston Ratliff bowls during the community’s Wii bowling tournament.

Cascades of cheers and claps could be heard long before entering the room where Plantation Estates’ annual senior Wii bowling competition was held last week.

Excited residents put on their best bowling attire as they competed to raise money to fund research of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

One dollar was donated by Plantation Estates for every strike by participants. Funds also were raised through staff sponsoring seniors.

Some staff members even bowled during their lunch breaks.

The staff and seniors raised $515 through 144 strikes, topping last years total of $417 raised through 132 strikes.

The competition was born last year, when the National Senior League caught the attention of Plantation Estate’s fitness director, Patty Tatem. The league is a nonprofit intended to keep residents of senior and retirement centers active and having fun.

Tatem said participating in the league’s national virtual bowling week was a good idea because Plantation’s residents played the game regularly.

“We did a Wii bowling battle of the sexes competition that was a huge hit,” Tatem said. “Seniors do some really cool things, especially with new technology.”

Residents are really savvy with the new technology, Tatem said. “They tell me, ‘Oh yeah, I played that with my grandkids.’ 

Plantation resident Dot Lybrand, who bowls weekly, said the meetings allow residents to get closer and stay active.

“I’ve made many, many friends and we’ve all had so much fun,” she said.

Benjamin: 704-358-5009; Twitter @tahirabnjmn

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