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Benefit From a Healthy Lifestyle and Stay Active!

Benefit From a Healthy Lifestyle and Stay Active!

Recreational activities can be practiced through all stages of life. Older adults enjoy opportunities to participate in activities they practiced in their younger years, and by doing so brings back great memories! Most of the time, their precision is exactly right, but their power and agility has changed.

Initiated in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA), Active Aging Week takes place each year during the last week of September. The week long campaign calls attention to and wholeheartedly celebrates the positives of aging today. It showcases the capabilities of older adults as fully participating members of society and spotlights the role models that lead the way.

“Active Aging Week challenges society’s diminished expectations of aging by showing that, regardless of age or health conditions, adults over 50 can live as fully as possible in all areas of life—physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational and environmental. The objective of the annual health-promotion event is to give as many older adults as possible the means to experience wellness activities and exercise in a safe, supportive environment. It also promotes the benefits of healthier, more active lifestyles across the life span.” – Active Aging Week Website

The Friendship Haven Wellness Staff will be celebrating Active Aging Week with older adults by organizing various tournaments and recreational activities each day during the last week in September. All of the tournaments will be held at Friendship Haven across the entire campus.

Monday – Golf (Put Put) Tournament and Sudoku puzzles

Tuesday – Ping Pong Tournament and Adult coloring hour

Wednesday – Dart Tournament and Crossword puzzles

Thursday – Billiards (Pool) Tournament

Friday – Bike Ride Friday

 

If you would like more information on Active Aging Week and the various recreational activities taking place across campus, please call the Wellness Center at 515-573-6270.

 

Contributed by Andrea Doster (Wellness Assistant