Some of the man’amko, along with representatives of the Office of Aging, will trade one morning of their regular bingo games for an exhibition game of softball while it’s still a little breezy out.
According to Office of Aging director Walter Manglona, some of the man’amko and some of the younger staff of the office will have their fun in the sun on Jan. 24 starting at 8am at the softball field on Capital Hill.
“It depends on their [man’amko] age and physical limitations; …the rest will be some of the younger, full time staff,” said Manglona. “This game will be considered as a team building [exercise] and to also help the man’amko stay active.
“We work in a pretty stressful environment all day, and just to be able to go out there and exercise and do team-building activities is definitely going to be very helpful,” Manglona added.
One rule that they will have during this small exhibition game is that the man’amko who will be participating should be able to bat but, if it’s too much for them to run, they will have a substitute to run for them. The rest of the man’amko will be able to sit and cheer in the dugout.
“We only allow the man’amko to move at their own pace. We don’t force them to do anything that they don’t want to do,” he said.
Other activities that the Office on Aging offers at the Man’Amko Center is croquet, morning stretches, origami, bingo, karaoke, and other physical activities that are suitable for those with physical limitations.