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Dallas-Area Senior Olympian Shares Fitness Wisdom

March 16, 2016

Dallas, TX—As Clay Krames prepares for the 2016 Texas State Senior Games to be held in San Antonio next month, he found time to share wisdom regarding the power of fitness. Mr. Krames, a resident of Highland Springs retirement community in north Dallas, participated in a panel discussion following the film screening of Age of Champions on March 10.  The event was sponsored and hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work. Age of Champions is an award-winning documentary in which five National Senior Olympics participants are profiled.  Although not profiled in the movie, Mr. Krames, 89, has a cameo that was filmed during one of his five National Senior Olympics appearances. Audience members included UT Arlington faculty, staff & students, community partners and practitioners interested in issues related to health and aging.  Lana Van Giesen, Director of Resident Life at Highland Springs, attended the session.  "Mr. Krames is an inspiration to people of all ages," she said.  "We see him on a daily basis because his commitment to fitness is a year-long endeavor.  Our community is very proud of him." Noelle Fields, an assistant professor at UT Arlington, agreed. "It was interesting to receive a glimpse into his personal experience as a Senior Olympian and the story of how he was encouraged by his daughter to compete," stated Ms. Fields.  "He encouraged us to look into participating in the Senior Games as there are a wide variety of sports and activities for competition."   Mr. Krames was joined on the panel by Dr. Chris Ray (Associate Dean for Research at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation), Ms. Chelsea Couch (Department of Disability and Aging Services, Texercise Program Coordinator) and Ms. Sydney Farrier (LCSW).  They focused on the importance of exercise and health & wellness programming later in life.   Mr. Krames competes in three events: discus, hammer and javelin.  Training for the 2016 event, his regimen is tailored and disciplined, utilizing the fitness center at Highland Springs and the outdoor facilities at nearby Plano High School for practice. "They won't let me throw the javelin in the fitness center," he jokes. More information about the Texas State Senior Games can be found at Highland Springs:  Highland Springs is one of eighteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in North Dallas, Texas, the scenic 89-acre campus is home to more than 830 residents.  Highland Springs is the ideal greater Dallas retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.