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Keep Moving This Older Americans Month

Celebrate National Senior Fitness Day. Courtesy

Celebrate National Senior Fitness Day. Courtesy

Many of you may have read in my first blog this month how I am really trying hard to take good care of myself. I’m eating carefully, limiting treats and I’ve joined a hiking group. It’s working, too.

That said, I want to encourage everyone to focus on their health this month. Not only is May the time for 2015 Older Americans Month, it is also National Senior Fitness Day on May 27. So, especially all of us older than age 50, let’s appreciate our elders AND let’s get involved in some physical activity!

May is Older Americans Month!   

The 2015 Older Americans Month theme is Get into the Act!   When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday.  Think of that in comparison to an estimate that these days there are about 45+ million Americans older than 65.

Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country.  Today, it is not only a time to pay tribute to our elders but a time to “get into the act and celebrate” life.

National Senior Fitness Day

Keep moving to keep improving! Courtesy

Keep moving to keep improving! Courtesy

Developed here in the Seattle area, the evidence-based fitness program for seniors called EnhanceFitness invites people to get active on National Senior Fitness Day. The theme for the day is “If you keep moving, you’ll keep improving.”

To encourage that theme, local organizations will host a variety of health and fitness related activities based on the interests of the older adults in their communities. Event activities include fitness walks, low-impact exercises, health screenings, health information workshops, and much more!

If you know of a group that would like to host a health and fitness program,  it could even be after May 27, you can check-in with the National Senior Health & Fitness Day website to get ideas or by  calling 1-800-828-8225.

Locally, Mac McQuade says Normandy Park Senior Living Community is spearheading a full schedule of Senior Fitness Day activities that will be open to the public and community residents. As community outreach director, his mission is to help manifest the community’s slogan, “Celebrating the ART of Life.”

For more information call 1-800-828-8225/847-816-8660 or visit

What would be a fun activity for Senior Fitness Day?