Active Aging

September 2022

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OCTOBER 3-9, 2022 | ACTIVE AGING WEEK 3 Do something nice for your feet today. Let's get you walking in comfort with the most advanced orthopaedic footwear available today. 128 ADELAIDE ST. 1530 REGENT AVE. 1504 ST. MARY'S RD. FREE PARKING MON-SAT: 9 A.M .-6 P.M. SUN: 12 P.M. -5 P.M. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 Feedback from communities is always welcomed, says Whalen. "We want to hear from all the communities across the province about what they are doing to celebrate Active Aging Week and Seniors and Elders Month. Then, we want to place it on a map to showcase all the things that are happening provincially." This calendar of Active Aging Week events will be posted on the AAIM website at AAIM will also post ideas and planning guides on its website to help communities promote and host activities. "It doesn't have to be a large-scale event. Maybe you just want to get together with people from your street and organize some games or a scrabble tournament. The bottom line is all about fun and participation," she says. People are also encouraged to send their current activity plans for those individuals aged 55-plus to AAIM. "Maybe there are communities that are already doing something that could be incorporated into an activity for Active Aging Week. We can be a conduit for those communities to promote it to the 50-plus age population. We can put it up on our website, which also showcases their community for older adults." At the same time, Whalen encourages people to reach out and connect with others in their community on a personal level. "If you're an active person, reach out to someone who maybe isn't as active, or try to connect with someone who is perhaps a little more isolated. Once you get hooked on forming connections and getting involved, it becomes easier. It's a great thing to do to encourage engagement throughout a community," she says. It's all about encouraging those over 50 to get engaged in an activity on a regular basis, she emphasizes. "We want to make it easy for people get involved — to move more, sit less and connect with their community. All these things contribute to an overall healthy lifestyle, which will help with longevity and living a fulfilling life." With an active lifestyle, you reap many benefits for mental health, social health, and physical health. " Taking a spin class is a fun way to work on cardiovascular fitness and meet other fitness enthusiasts. (Photo by Darin Kachanoski) There is no substitute for physical activity when it comes to maintaining good health.

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