April 22, 2024

Celebrating Active Aging Week: Embracing Vitality and Well-Being in Retirement

Newton Village - Celebrating Active Aging Week: Embracing Vitality and Well-Being in Retirement

Active Aging Week, celebrated this year from October 2 - 8, is an annual weeklong campaign that celebrates and highlights the positive aspects of aging and emphasizes the vitality and wellness of older adults. It’s a powerful reminder that, regardless of age, everyone has the potential for a dynamic, healthy life.

One goal of Active Aging Week is to challenge the negative stereotypes of aging by demonstrating that adults over age 50 can thrive in all aspects of life. The campaign provides older adults with opportunities to engage in wellness activities, promoting the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.

A standout approach for seniors aiming to maintain and enhance their physical strength is basic strength training. While often associated with younger generations, strength training is a boon for older adults. Incorporating exercise routines using weights can counteract the natural decline in muscle mass associated with aging. Moreover, weight and resistance training boost bone density, reduce the risk of falls, and promote daily task independence. Just a couple of sessions weekly can revolutionize one’s physical health, regardless of age.

Walking is another terrific physical activity. Whether you’re walking through urban parks or nature trails, it offers a dual advantage; it stimulates cardiovascular function, and it also rejuvenates the mind, especially when walks are taken amidst the tranquility of nature.

Seniors seeking to combine the physical with the spiritual might find solace in mind-body activities like Tai Chi, yoga, and meditation. These activities, rooted in ancient practices, utilize a harmonious blend of movements and breathing exercises that prioritize balance, flexibility, and mental clarity.

In embracing Active Aging Week, let’s champion the many ways that seniors can infuse their life with health, vigor, and a deep sense of well-being.

Please join Newton Village on October 24th from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. for a very special 20th Anniversary Open House!

For more information, please contact:

Newton Village

110 N. 5th Avenue W

Newton, Iowa 50208

Ph: 641-792-0115

www.newtonvillage.org