Senior Citizens Attend ‘Senior’ Prom

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BEACHWOOD, Ohio -- It's the time of year when seniors get to enjoy their proms.

These seniors and adults have not been in high school for decades, but they took part in a very special prom for seniors who are young at heart.

The dance floor was the place to be at Menorah Park's Center for Senior Living as they held their 8th annual senior prom.

"The atmosphere, the people...it's fun". said Vivian Nickens of Shaker Heights.

Plenty of balloons filled the room for this year's prom themed "Up, Up and Away." Organizers even brought in cupcakes with little hot air balloons as decorations. There were also prom pictures in front of a balloon mural and a DJ to keep the crowd moving.

"Oh I had a lovely time. It brings me back when I used to go out dancing with him" said Pamela McIlwaine of Bedford Heights.

"I thought everybody would be sitting around and kinda quiet, ya know, but this is very nice, I enjoy it" said Vivian Nickens.

The Menorah Park prom even had their very own king and queen, complete with crowns and a scepter.

"I feel that it's a wonderful thing, it's my first trip down here and I'm enjoying it and I never expected this" said Allen Goodman, the prom king.

ROTC students from East Tech High School volunteered their time to make sure others had fun.

"I love to come here, it builds experience, I enjoy working with them because it actually prepares me for my own profession. I'm going into the medical field anyway so this pretty much gives me experience" said junior Tajae Jackson.

All the seniors say they had a great time, especially when they were on the dance floor. They all say they can't wait for next year's prom.