Fitness Day Aims to Help Older Americans ‘Get Moving and Start Improving’

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National Senior Health & Fitness Day, this year on May 30, serves as a reminder that staying active has benefits at every age. Lynn Wilson of The CareGiver Partnership, a national retailer of incontinence supplies and other products for seniors and caregivers, offers tips for finding events and other ways to get moving.

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Keep moving to keep healthy.

Try something new this spring to stay motivated.

Older adults will participate in activities at more than 1,000 locations throughout the United States on May 30. This year’s theme is “Get Moving ... Start Improving!” National Senior Health & Fitness Day is organized as a public-private partnership by the Mature Market Resource Center, an information clearinghouse for the older adult market.

“Keeping older Americans healthy and fit should be a year-round goal, and this event serves as a reminder to caregivers and seniors that staying active benefits us physically, mentally and emotionally at every age,” says Lynn Wilson, Co-Founder of The CareGiver Partnership. “If your loved one’s doctor approves and encourages activity, try something new this spring to keep you both motivated.”

Organizations in communities across the country host health and fitness related activities for older adults on Fitness Day, such as fitness walks, low-impact exercise, health screenings, workshops and more. Information can be found at local senior centers, retirement communities, agencies on aging, hospitals, health clubs, churches, and park and recreation departments.

Wilson offers five ideas for easy, fun activities anyone can organize:

  •     Planting flowers or a small vegetable garden.
  •     Tidying up the house or yard together.
  •     Visiting a museum or nature preserve.
  •     Shopping at an outdoor farmers or flea market.
  •     Picking up a tai chi DVD or taking a class.

For further reading:
Exercises for the Elderly
Fitness Regardless of Mobility
Activities for Seniors with Dementia

The CareGiver Partnership is a national direct-to-consumer retailer of home healthcare products for incontinence, diabetes, nutrition support and more. In its sixth year of providing products and services that help caregivers and loved ones maintain personal dignity, the company also offers an online library of more than 1,200 family caregiver resources and personal service by experts in caregiving. Call 1-800-985-1353 or visit online at http://www.caregiverpartnership.com.

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