Staying active and engaged helps keep seniors – and all of us – healthier mentally and physically” says Kathy Birkett, Senior Care Corner co-founder. “By putting the Never Too Old to Play theme into action, we can give something back to older Americans.
Greenville, SC (PRWEB) May 08, 2012
Older Americans have done, and continue doing, many things for the nation and for other Americans. This May, for the 20th consecutive year, we celebrate them and show our appreciation with the nationwide commemoration of Older Americans Month.
Senior Care Corner joins in celebrating what seniors mean to America and promoting the theme of this year’s Older Americans Month, which is Never Too Old to Play, encouraging the nation’s more than 40 million seniors (according to the 2010 Census) to stay active and engaged in their lives and communities.
“Staying active and engaged helps keep seniors – and all of us – healthier mentally and physically” says Kathy Birkett, Senior Care Corner co-founder. “By putting the Never Too Old to Play theme into action, we can give something back to older Americans, hopefully a benefit that extends beyond Older Americans Month.”
There are many ways to get involved and put the Older Americans Month theme into action. The U.S. Administration on Aging’s website for the commemoration encourages organizations to host a day of play for the community, but individuals can take action on their own as well.
Tips to Put ‘Never Too Old to Play’ Into Action
- Put on a physical fitness day for the community, providing an opportunity for those of all ages to be active and interactive.
- Organize a local board game day, bringing together players young and old to compete. Studies give hope that brain stimulation can reduce the risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
- Create a community event where seniors, younger adults and youth can express themselves through their art and exchange ideas.
- Stop by a local nursing home and play a board game with some of the residents. This activity can be fun and habit-forming for all involved.
- Invite local seniors to join students in a ‘field day’ with activities that show all how much fun it can be to get moving.
The accomplishments and contributions of older Americans can and should be celebrated each day, and likewise the Never Too Old to Play concept. Encouraging older adults and those of all ages to be more active physically and mentally is a year-round priority that provides lifelong benefits.
About Senior Care Corner
Senior Care Corner(on the web at SeniorCareCorner.com) provides solutions, information and tools to family caregivers and others who care for and about senior adults to help them improve the lives of the seniors in their lives. Their blog, biweekly podcast and bookstore address a wide variety of topics family caregivers can use to better understand the wants and needs of their senior loved ones.