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Senior Games win fans in Duncan

DUNCAN  Staying physically and mentally active are two ways of extending longevity.

On Tuesday, the Simmons Center, Duncan Regional Hospital and several other entities got together to host the Southwest Oklahoma Senior Games, which targets activities that can improve and support physical and mental capabilities among those 50 and older.

It was the 23rd straight year of the event, and about 60 participants spent the morning and early afternoon proving the importance of keeping the body fit and the mind sharp.

At 101, Margie Norton is a prime example of how refusing to become sedentary can extend one's life.

"I really enjoy (the Southwest Senior Games). I like about everything  all the things there are to do, and being together with other people," said Norton, who lives at Country Club Care Center in Duncan.

"I like to play the games and stuff, and talk with the other people."

Before she became wheelchair bound, Norton noted, "I used to come walk here, and I really liked that,"

Asked about the secret that's led to 101 years and being the oldest participant in this year's Southwest Senior Games, she said, "It's hard work and clean living, and keep moving around.

"I was born in Boston Mountain, Arkansas, and I lived for a long time in California. For many years, I worked in a (fruit) packing house. We packed oranges and it was hard work, but it kept you busy.

"I came (to Duncan) about 12 years ago and I've been coming to (the Southwest Games) every year. It's a lot of fun."

After getting registered and having a breakfast sponsored by Country Club Care, participants in the non-competitive activities spent the next five hours playing golf, darts, corn hole toss and using the Simmons Center's walking course.

There was ping pong and foosball; shuffleboard, croquet and horseshoes. And the seniors were able to avail themselves of the equipment in the fitness room.

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