Bartow seniors put to trivia test
by Mark Andrews
May 02, 2011 | 2087 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Star Manor Assisted Living recently brought home the gold in the first annual Cartersville Senior Trivia Bowl.

The event was held at Autumn Years Assisted Living and gave seniors from participating assisted living facilities an opportunity to match wits with each other in an attempt to become the trivia bowl champion.

Kristy Landreth, community relations manager for Homestead Hospice and Palliative Care, brought the idea to Bartow after participating as a judge in a Chattanooga senior trivia bowl.

"[The Cartersville Senior Trivia Bowl] gave the facilities practice time, they got to have that team atmosphere and they actually made all of their own T-shirts," Landreth said.

Star Manor Assisted Living administrator Monica Graham said the trivia bowl had residual effects on residents' routines.

"It gave us another activity to put on our calendar that we plan to continue," Graham said.

She said although trivia practice was scheduled twice a week, residents took it upon themselves to practice at night.

Landreth explained each participating facility had three teams, and team members worked together to answer questions in areas ranging from sports to U.S. history to popular culture with one member designated to give the final answer.

"It was great for our residents," Graham said. "For one, they were actually competing against other facilities, which I think is great for the community. We all are assisted living facilities and each one is different, but all of the facilities are here for one reason and that's to continue giving residents the care they need."

Star Manor team Star Warriors received the first place trophy. Star Powers received the third place ribbon. A second place tie went to Felton Manor and Fite Living Center.

Landreth and Graham said the trivia bowl also helped residents because it gave them a goal to work toward and defied misconceptions about how residents spend their time. For example, Graham spoke of a participant who shared news of his victory with a wife who is ill in the hospital.

"A lot of people think when you go into assisted living you're there to be put in a place where you watch TV all day, but that's not the case," Graham said. "We keep them active."

Gail Kolek competed on the Star Warriors team and said the training and competition was a fun experience. She said her favorite category dealt with flags.

"It was great, but of course, we won," Kolek said, laughing. "We practiced three times a day for a couple of weeks."

Landreth said she hopes to help organize a community-wide trivia bowl in the fall for all seniors.

"The greatest result [of the trivia bowl] I think is actually seeing the residents pull together and have fun," Landreth said, "and I think it has been good for the staff too to see their residents shine and participate. I think community-wise it raises awareness just because someone needs assistance in their daily activities of living they can still go out and compete and have fun, that's shown every day in their activities and everything else, but this is just another step to show just because we may need a little help that doesn't mean we can't do the things we've done before."