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Reflections on Senior Health and Fitness Day

Summer has not officially started, but this coming Memorial Day Weekend may as well be its kick-off. It also presents an opportune time for seniors to get out and stay active with families and friends. In fact, many already got a jumpstart on their plans this past Wednesday when an estimated 100,000 seniors across the country participated in the 17th annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day. As a result, I was inspired to read about how community centers and YMCAs across the country hosted events that promoted wellness for participants of all fitness levels.

In Westchester, N.Y., it was swimming, yoga, tai chi and dancing that dominated the day for area residents. Austin, Texas, seniors chose from nearly 1,000 local events promoting physical fitness, good nutrition and preventative care. And at the Rye YMCA in Rye, N.Y., a group of self-proclaimed “Golden Oldies” shimmied their way through a morning of exercise grooves that left them revived and rejuvenated.

Rejuvenation, in fact, is a key component for senior wellness—and what better way to promote it than through hosting a national day that inspires seniors to mobilize and better manage their health. National Senior Health and Fitness Day was first launched as a public/private partnership of the Mature Market Resource Center, a national information clearinghouse for the older adult market. Nearly 20 years later, the day has continued to gain national exposure and popularity thanks to rising numbers of the aging and Baby Boomer populations and their desire to stay physically fit.

While some of FirstLight Home Care’s clients may not always be able to exercise regularly, it’s important for seniors of all ages to work even the most minimal physical activities into their daily routine. Not only will it improve their health, but it will also improve their mental well being. Our in-home care givers are sensitive to the needs of their clients while promoting exercise and healthy habits. Through their care, they can ensure that the sun shines on these seniors year round—not just the first glorious weekend of summer.

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