A Day to Remember

Did you know that May 27th is National Senior Health & Fitness Day? This is the annual event’s 22nd year of encouraging older adults to keep up their mental and physical health by participating in activities throughout the day. Registered organizations all across the country are providing Senior Day events–such as fitness walks, low-impact exercises and health screenings–for the estimated 100,000 participants.

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Here at the Dana Foundation, we’re continuing to support senior health with our newly updated Staying Sharp booklet. You can find it online or send us an email to request a printed version; both are free. The booklet includes tips on successful aging and the brain, as well as physical fitness.

For example, on page 19, you will find information on brain-aging myths you might have heard, such as: “You can’t change your brain.” On the contrary, your brain continues to change with responses to each new experience as you age. Another common myth is that “memory decline is inevitable as we age,” but studies have shown that the minds of many people remain as sharp as they were decades earlier. Mental exercises such as playing card games and continuing education classes help with sharpening the mind, while bike riding and swimming can help with staying physically and mentally strong. For more information, check out our site.

-Blayne Jeffries

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