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Park Centre preparing for Active Aging Week, which begins Sunday

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Published: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 11:18 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 11:20 a.m. CST

Next week is Active Aging Week and Park Centre has prepared for it, just like it has done every year since 2009. Active Aging week lasts from Sunday until next Saturday and was created by the International Council on Active Aging.

“Basically, it’s a time that we celebrate and promote seniors living an active and engaged lifestyle,” Park Centre Lifestyle Director Lori Griffin said.

In addition to having all kinds of activities in its facilities, Park Centre has activities spread around the community. On Tuesday, there  will be a fishing and barbecue trip at the Emerson Hough Izaak Walton League. On Wednesday, there will be a nature walk at the Newton Arboretum located at Agnes Peterson Park, which will also feature lunch.

Thursday senior volunteers from Park Centre will read to first-graders at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.  The finale will be lunch and a walk around Lake Red Rock on Friday.

“Being out in the community with the residents and getting them involved in ways that maybe necessarily they don’t feel like they can be involved (in),” Griffin said of what was her favorite part of the week.  “We open all our activities to any ability level. We try to make it as accessible as possible.”

The theme for this year’s week is “Discovering your Community” and with the various locations they are visiting, Park Centre has seemed to do just that.

“We like to have fun and turn it into a social aspect,” Griffin said. “This year we have a little bit more on our schedule than before. People are excited and I think there is enough opportunity that everyone can find something that appeals to them.”

Staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 426, or at trushing@newtondailynews.com.

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