Date: May 19, 2017 | Category: News
Care Connection for Aging Services’ 22 senior centers will join in the celebration of National Senior Health & Fitness Day on May 31.
An estimated 100,000 older adults will participate in fitness activities throughout the country as part of the 24th annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day, the nation’s largest health promotion event for older adults.
Care Connection centers provide health and fitness opportunities year round by serving nutritious meals, providing exercise classes, offering disease management sessions, and gathering seniors for fellowship and fun such as live music, dancing, cards and bingo.
However, National Senior Health and Fitness Day gives the agency a chance to emphasize what it means for older adults to live a healthy and fulfilling life. The goals are to make exercise fun, to increase awareness of the benefits of a regular exercise program for older adults, and to encourage all older adults to take advantage of the many health and fitness programs offered in their communities.
“It is so important to implement exercise in our daily lives, even as older adults,” said Care Connection Lifestyles Specialist Samantha Schnell. “As we age, our bodies tend to slow down and take longer to heal and repair themselves. Regular exercise can help prevent chronic disease, improves mood and lowers chances of injury.”
Senior Health and Fitness Day is always celebrated on the last Wednesday in May as part of Older Americans Month activities. Care Connection has been participating in Older Americans Month with the theme of “Age Out Loud” in May in the senior centers with contests and other events emphasize what it means to be an older American in 2017.
The agency is focusing on how older people in its 13 county service area are redefining aging—through work or family interests, by taking charge of their health and staying independent for as long as possible, and through their community and advocacy efforts.
If you want to see for yourself how seniors in West Central Missouri are “aging out loud,” visit a senior center today, have lunch, grab a calendar of activities, and join the fun.