- Posted October 22, 2013 by
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Tell us the Good Stuff!
- 92-Year-Old Veteran Shares Memories of Army Air Corp Service and Continues to Serve in a Colorful Way
- 81-Year-Old Serves as Missionary in China for Over 30 Years and Continues Helping Others in her Retirement
- Seniors at Buckner Westminster Place Bake Pies for Firefighters to Show Thanks During Thanksgiving
- Seniors in Their 80s and 90s Reflect on Real Meaning of Thanksgiving
- Veterans at Parkway Place Participate in Library of Congress Veterans' History Project
Benefits of Active Aging Stressed During National Celebration
“Exercising and keeping our minds active is so important for maintaining our independence,” said Jewell Johnson. “You cannot give up on exercise. I participate in a variety of classes that cover cardio, strength training, balance and stretching. You cannot let your mind go either. I frequent the library a lot to get books to read in my spare time. I feel that reading helps keep my mind and my imagination active. I’m delighted that the community recognized active aging week. I enjoyed the morning devotional the most. I like having spiritual guidance in my life and find that the devotionals are inspiring and encouraging.”
“Well, they sure do keep us busy,” said Rogers Johnson. “Sometimes there is so much to do we cannot participate in everything that we would like to! We find it pleasurable to be social and really enjoy being around and with other people. Many of our neighbors have amazing stories to share and the social activities give us the opportunity to get to know people better. I really enjoyed the safari walk. My wife and I make it a regular habit to walk in the mornings and in the evenings, so the afternoon safari walk with our neighbors was a pleasant change.”
Active aging requires that an individual be physically active, cognitively and socially engaged and spiritually healthy, according to the World Health Organization. Parkway Place planned a special safari themed event to address each of these basic fundamentals of active aging. On Oct. 1 one of the residents led a morning devotional for spiritual health. On Oct. 2 the community hosted a Lights, Camera, Cooking demonstration, during which the residents learned how to prepare South African milk tarts. The cooking demonstration was been planned to encourage continued learning. Later that night Parkway Place held a social event, during which the community aired Death on the Nile. To conclude its active aging week celebration, Parkway Place planned a safari walk throughout the community on Oct. 3 to motivate residents to stay physically active. Participating residents received a safari hat party favor.
“These activities were designed to engage the whole person,” said Rachel McKee, wellness director at Parkway Place. “People who stay active and engaged are maintaining their overall health and wellbeing. We recognize and understand the benefits of active aging, which is why we try to encourage all the residents to live engaging lifestyles.”
“I think we put ourselves in the old age category when we stop being active,” said Jewell. “A body in motion, remains in motion.”
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