The common myth about nursing homes is that they are places you go to die or that the mentally ill populate them. People have nothing to do; have no friends; the list goes on. Well here is a story that should shatter some nursing home myths and misconceptions.
The Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center started fantasy football to liven up ho-hum Sunday afternoons for its elderly residents. Now, more than halfway through the season, the league is more successful than Beaumont’s recreation assistant Lindsay Benedetto ever thought possible. In just two months, attendance at televised Sunday afternoon games in the third-floor common room has doubled, and about a dozen seniors between the ages of 77 and 93 earn points weekly depending on the performance of their NFL teams.
Active, engaged seniors who can yes actually still think, function, root for their teams and have fun. Go figure. Read the Boston Globe story.