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02/27/2015 11:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Watch These Bolivian Grandmas Play A Mean Game Of Handball

When you think of the aches and pains that often accompany old age, you'd imagine women in their 70s and 80s taking it easy -- not playing a competitive sport. But that's what a group of grandmas and great-grandmas are doing in a Bolivian town, all while wearing skirts.

The Associated Press captured this amazing video of the grandmas at one of their weekly handball meets. From the video, handball appears to be something of a cross between soccer and basketball.

The women say handball actually helps their aches and pains subside, rather than aggravating them. "There are days my knees hurt from rheumatism, but when I play it goes away," 77-year-old Rosa Lima told The Associated Press.

Lima and the others are among the 1,000 seniors who play sports locally. Others have said it not only helps them stay active, but also maintain their weight.

And that's not the only benefit. The sport gives the women social interaction -- something so important for older people. Studies have shown that social interaction helps keep older adults mobile and their minds sharp. Activity also helps improve one's mood and reduces stress.

Well done, ladies!

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