Seniors Take Third Place in Local Sprint Triathlon

Who said getting old was tough?  Seniors Helping Seniors® says “It all depends on your outlook. Maybe it’s not so hard if you still have dreams and you still want to win!” 

On Saturday September 17 a team of seniors took third place out of twenty-two teams, with the first and second team winners being half their age.  Al Gardiner, Miriam Fegeley Gardiner and Dick Kent, all over 65 years young took home medals after participating in the ½ mile ocean swim, 3.5 mile run and 16 mile bike triathlon. This year was the 20th running of the Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon which benefits the Sussex Family YMCA. 

To that end, Amy McDermott, founder of Seniors Helping Seniors of Sussex County wants to inspire seniors to stay healthy, stay active, understand the importance of social networking and to live independently in their home as long as possible. She attended the triathlon on that lovely late-summer day to root for her friends and wound up inspired and proud of her seniors taking home medals. 

Several months ago McDermott spoke to a group of seniors about adding value to their lives at the local Coastal Sussex Chapter of NARFE which represents federal employees and retirees.  When McDermott speaks to groups of seniors, she addresses their concerns such as healthy dieting tips, ways to remain safe in their home, staying engaged and staying active.  She’s also spoken on topics such as Emergency Preparedness for seniors, understanding Veteran’s benefits and other senior-related topics at Senior Centers in Rehoboth and Lewes as well as Cheer Centers or wherever seniors may congregate. 

The goal of Seniors Helping Seniors is to match seniors who want to help others, with seniors who are looking for help.  They provide a full range of home care, companion and in-home support services like light cleaning, cooking, transportation and just being a friend. In regard to her speaking engagements McDermott said:  “I speak on topics that will interest them and hopefully inspire seniors to keep pursuing their dreams, to remain passionate and healthy and to strive for new experiences.  Why not travel, plan a big reunion (something important to look forward to) or even walk/run a marathon?  It’s been my privilege to engage and inspire seniors who want to remain independent, to age with grace and dignity while remaining in their own home as long as they can.”  

 Amy McDermott is available for speaking engagements with organizations that focus on senior concerns and lifestyles: Anywhere from assisted living facilities and Rehab centers to nursing homes, senior centers, associations that represent the aging population, country clubs and other power partners like hospital discharge planners and social workers who work with seniors. 

Contact Seniors Helping Seniors for a free consultation if you are looking for support –

Or requesting a presentation from McDermott: or call 302.858.7330 to learn more.

‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’ and Seniors Helping Seniors is here to help you find yours.