Hyper Facebook(tm Traffic /2012/05/StockPhoto21-300×195.jpg” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”195″ />May is Older Americans Month, a terrific occasion to clearly show our thankfulness for the older adults in our towns.
Since 1963, neighborhoods nationwide have come together to honor Older Americans Month—a proud tradition that demonstrates our nation’s dedication to recognizing the influences and achievements of mature Americans.
The theme for Older Americans Month 2012, “Never Too Old to Play…”
really encourages older Americans to stay involved, energetic and involved in their own lives and in their neighborhoods.
Here are some creative ideas for Older American’s Month
Here are some physical activity ideas:
– Wii bowling tournament. Wii bowling is a popular physical activity among older adults, and a wonderful way to connect elders and young people in an intergenerational session of exhilaration that encourages fitness and fosters intergenerational connections.
– Miniature golf. Miniature golf is a marvelous type of light exercise and fun for people of all ages. For your Day of Play give some thought to an outing to a local miniature golf course. Call in advance to check if there is a group rate or senior discount. To make this an intergenerational event ask the older adults to bring along a friend from another generation such as a child or grandchild.
–Choreographed fitness. There are a number of options for fun group exercise activities for older adults. For your Day of Play you may choose to put together training in one or more of these exercises in movement:
–Tai chi is a group activity in which participants move slowly and gently in unison. Tai chi improves balance and strength.
–Water aerobics is exactly what it sounds like. The gentle resistance of the water in a pool intensifies this low-impact aerobic workout. And exercising in a pool reduces the risk of injuries from falls.
–Yoga uses stretching and breathing to relax the mind and body, and it’s very good for circulation.
–Dancing improves balance and coordination. Plus, it’s a great creative outlet and way to meet new people.
Take care of the seniors in your life and celebrate National Older American’s Month.
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