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Buckner Westminster Place Celebrates Active Aging Week by Airing Age of Champions and Highlighting Local Senior Athletes
“I want to keep moving and driving as long as I can, so that is what motivates me to work out every day,” shared 86-year-old Elaine Beckett, a resident of Buckner Westminster Place. “I believe that if you do not move it (your body), you lose it. If more people exercised while they were young, they would be in better shape when they get older. Exercising is like saving money, you need to do it when you are young to have something when you are older. When you get ready to retire, it is too late to address.”
The Active Aging event will open with two testimonials from local Longview citizens, followed by the Age of Champions screening. After the screening, two more seniors, one of which is a resident at Buckner Westminster Place, will give testimonials about their experiences with active aging. During the course of the event healthy, light finger foods will be served. Specialists will also be available to answer any health questions attendees have. Additionally, Buckner Westminster Place will have free drawings for health screenings.
“I spend approximately 11 and-a-half hours exercising each week,” said Beckett. “Every morning I start my day off with 20 to 25 minutes of core exercises that were recommended by my physical therapist. I end each day with a 30 minute walk throughout the campus. Additionally, I spend three days a week participating in upper body cardio classes. I used to do more yoga and cardio, but you have to adapt to changes within your body as you age. In my youth, I thoroughly enjoyed horseback riding and step aerobics.”
Active Aging Week is celebrated September 22 through 28. Active aging requires that an individual be physically active, cognitively and socially engaged, occupationally or vocationally involved, and emotionally and spiritually healthy, according to the World Health Organization.
“It is easy to get distracted from your workout routine when you have children,” shared Woodie Terrell, a fitness instructor for Good Shepherd Healthy Living Institute. “I had put on a lot of weight after having seven kids, so I knew it was time to get back into the swing of things. I began swimming and doing aerobics again, which helped me lose 80 pounds in two years. I have been able to keep the weight off for ten years by continuing to live an active lifestyle. I now lead water aerobics, tai chi and swimming classes to encourage others to stay in shape.”
Terrell works out at least two hours every day. Terrell enjoys eating healthy in addition to living an active lifestyle. She recommends shopping at local farmers’ markets and following the Mediterranean diet.
“I love to stay busy and actually live life, which I could not do without the energy I get from exercising regularly and eating right,” said Terrell. “What you do to your body now affects you when you get older. Think ahead, do you want to weigh 300 pounds and be disabled by your own lack of motivation to move? If you are not currently active, my advice is to start simple. You cannot change your life overnight.”
Both women will be giving testimonials at the Buckner Westminster Place active aging celebration.
“As more seniors retire and health care providers promote the benefits of active aging, we look to design wellness programs and life enrichment activities that will benefit the overall health of the residents,” said Wes Wells, executive director at Buckner Westminster Place. “We invest energy and resources into exercise programs and learning opportunities to help seniors age successfully, keeping the core basics of active aging in mind. The whole community is looking forward to the upcoming Active Aging Week celebration.”