Yesterday marked the beginning of Active Aging Week, coordinated by the International Council on Active Aging. This week-long observance promotes the benefits of leading an active, healthier lifestyle and highlighting the ability of older adults to live well, regardless of age or health conditions.
Monte Vista Village is one Assisted Living provider promoting exercise and healthy activities this week. According to a press release from The Goodman Group, Monte Vista Village’s residents will be competing in a “pedalthon” against other Assisted Living residents across the country:
During the national event, residents in California, Florida, Minnesota and Montana will focus on increasing their physical activity. The friendly competition will have residents pedaling alongside decorations depicting local landmarks and attractions. Participants can pedal daily and their mileage will be combined for a weekly total to reach a chosen area destination.
The Pedalthon is an extension of The Goodman Group’s FIT Functional Fitness program. Developed in partnership with a physical therapist and board-certified geriatric specialist, FIT Functional Fitness is designed to go beyond typical senior fitness programs to help improve residents’ core strength, balance, cardiovascular health, and promote relaxation. The program’s targeted exercises are created to deliver the maximum benefit for each participant.
Are the staff members and residents in your community participating in Active Aging Week? Let us know what you’re doing to encourage healthy aging in the comments below.