Tucson's Senior Olympic Festival, now in its 28th year, began Saturday, Jan. 14 and will continue until Sunday, Jan. 29.

The festival, which hosts events in everything from bridge and golf to cycling and pickleball, is open to participants aged 60 and older.

Jean Cary has been participating in the Senior Olympic Festival for more than a decade. She has played both badminton and tennis, and says her main reason for participating is to stay active and healthy.

Other Senior Olympians join the festival events for the community they provide.

"There's a lot of [personal] satisfaction, [and] part of it has to do with the camaraderie you build each year by seeing new competitors," says participant Jeff Schneider in an Arizona Illustrated interview.

For those who have not yet participated in the Senior Olympics Festival, Cary says it's never too late.

"Start slowly and work up to it," she says. "It's a great experience."