active aging week activities

Active aging is all about enthusiastically tackling life’s adventures, regardless of age. And boy, did we embrace it during Active Aging Week earlier this month. The Beatitudes Campus life enrichment team pulled out all the stops to host a lineup of lively activities and programs that embodied the spirit of living brightly and aging boldly – and residents dove headfirst into the fun.

What is active aging? It’s a lifestyle approach that encourages older adults to stay physically, mentally and socially engaged. It’s all about remaining vibrant and healthy by participating in various activities to maintain overall well-being. This can include regular exercise to keep the body strong, staying mentally sharp through activities like learning or puzzles, and participating in social interactions to foster community and purpose.

Active Aging Week at Beatitudes Campus was packed with six days of memorable and engaging experiences that left residents buzzing with excitement. The events provided entertainment and fostered a sense of community, reminding us that every day is an opportunity to savor life to the fullest.

Active Aging Week Highlights

Monday kicked off with Beatitudes Shirt Day, where residents proudly sported their favorite Beatitudes gear. The day was packed with music, trivia and a delicious continental breakfast. Afterward, residents got active with strength training, led by fitness specialist Mike, focusing on standing balance exercises. Laughter Yoga brought a contagious fit of giggles in the afternoon – a series of movement and breathing exercises designed to induce genuine laughter. Dean and Bonnie hosted some friendly basketball bouncing competitions, and Carole led a core and conditioning class for those seeking an advanced workout.

Tuesday saw residents donning their best cowboy duds for Western Wear Day. In the morning, resident Albert led a Chen Style Taiji Practical Method session, teaching practical martial applications and precise movements. Meanwhile, others took to the pool for invigorating water aerobics. Residents collaborated on a community art project in the Creative Corner: a rock snake installation. Afternoon highlights included line dancing, spirited dart games and a soothing yoga session.

Wednesday brought a playful Twin Day, where residents teamed up and dressed in tandem. They tested their song knowledge with a lively game of music bingo, singing along to their favorite tunes. In the afternoon, everyone gathered for an October town hall meeting to catch up on the latest news and community happenings. The “twins” had a chance to win fantastic raffle prizes, and the day concluded with a music jam session from the Beaded Lizard band.

Thursday had residents showing off their team spirit with Team Colors Day. The Beatitudes Campus Community Garden hosted an event, refreshing the garden beds and teaching residents how to plant individual pots for their patios. Other highlights included a musical performance by Bill Chase and a garden blessing by Chaplain Peggy.

Resident Sandy led Cards for Kindness, an initiative supported by CareCorp and the Community Outreach Committee that distributes handmade cards to health care centers in the Valley. Residents also explored volunteer opportunities on and off campus, engaged in group brain games on health-related topics, and honed their strength with hand and machine weights.

Friday encouraged residents to flaunt their preferred hues on Favorite Color Day. The day began with mobility and flexibility chair exercises, followed by a blindfolded taste test, where residents identified different foods for a chance to win a prize. In the afternoon, residents were treated to a Bridging the Generations concert featuring classic rock hits from The Beatles, Neil Diamond, Elvis, The Eagles, Fats Domino and more.

We wrapped up Saturday in style with Best Dressed Day. Green-thumbed residents started their day with the Garden Group, preparing garden beds for the upcoming November planting season while enjoying breakfast refreshments. The afternoon took a musical turn with a performance by the Cafe Flute Performers. Residents delved into the world of music, exploring different flutes and musical styles during this interactive session.

As the sun set, our Bistro came alive with the lively tunes of Igor and his special guests during the weekly Happy Hour Music event. Laughter and camaraderie filled the air as residents, staff and guests came together to enjoy the music and each other’s company.

Embrace Active Aging with These Simple Tips

Actively aging is the key to maintaining vibrant and fulfilling lives as we grow older. It’s not just about living longer; it’s about living better. Here are 10 ways older adults can practice active aging:

    1. Exercising regularly, and even gentle walking, can improve strength, flexibility and balance.
    2. Keep your mind sharp with puzzles, reading, learning new skills or taking up a hobby.
    3. Maintain a nutritious diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.
    4. Stay connected with friends and family to combat loneliness and boost emotional health.
    5. Keep up with regular checkups, screenings and vaccinations.
    6. Aim for 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep each night to promote cognitive function and overall health.
    7. Practice relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing to manage stress effectively.
    8. Drink plenty of water to maintain optimal bodily functions.
    9. Engage in volunteer work, mentorship or activities that provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
    10. Be open to new experiences and adapt to life changes with a positive attitude.

Active Aging Week is celebrated the first week of October, but at Beatitudes Campus, vitality is not bound to a single week. Here, there’s no off-season for active aging – residents enjoy opportunities to age with spirit and enthusiasm 365 days a year. Visit our Lifestyle and Event pages to learn the engaging and creative ways Beatitudes Campus helps residents live brightly and age boldly.

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