Senior Watch May 23, 2011

Updated 3 years ago

Deanna Partridge Development and Communications Director for the Hammond Street Senior Center joined Carolyn Callahan on TV5 News at Noon to talk about Senior Health and Fitness Day.The next time you’re told “you throw like an old lady,” it may be compliment…On Wednesday, May 25, members of the Hammond Street Senior Center will be happy to show off just how much iron they can pump…how many miles they can walk…how fast they can dance…or how long they can hold a Yoga pose. And, yes, there are more than a few lady octogenarians among them.As an official site for National Senior Health and Fitness Day, the Senior Center will be hosting a day of demonstrations provided by both Senior Center instructors and members and other community based organizations and senior or wellness-oriented businesses. The national day highlights the importance of regular physical activity and good nutrition to support a healthy and happy aging experience.“A cornerstone of our mission is to provide access to resources that seniors can use to achieve their best physical wellness as they age, and at any age. So every day is ‘senior health and fitness day’ here,” said Michelle Spencer, event organizer and one of two certified fitness instructors on staff at the Hammond Street Senior Center. “We are excited to open our doors so the public can see all the opportunities we create to help older exercisers be successful. We’re also excited to welcome in some of our natural community allies who are also serving seniors and wellness.”Wednesday’s activities include balance assessments and stretching demonstrations provided by Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation: blood pressure screening provided by Aging Excellence: skin care provided by MedSpa at Vision Care of Maine: “Nutrition Discussions with a Dietician” provided by Hannaford: vitamin and supplement options: Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy provided by private practitioners who are also Senior center members: and more. Information tables will also be staffed by representatives of programs including Senior Companions and Senior Veterans. There will be healthy smoothies and nutritious snacks to sample, too.Of course, strong and sporty seniors also will be showing what they’ve achieved and inviting others to see what the Senior Center has to offer, including: • A spacious modern Fitness Center on-site that is filled with strength, resistance and cardio training equipment:• Aerobic-focused WalkFit and Zumba Gold: • Classes designed to build strength and reinforce balance: • An alternative holistic health focus that includes instruction in Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong:• An array of dance options for building endurance: and • Personal trainers on staff to help seniors design an individual workout plan to meet their specific health goals and also to ensure that every member gains skills and positive results through group exercise.“There is so much to do here already and we are constantly adding new options, like a walking group and a weekend hiking trip in Jackman this July,” added Spencer. “We are all excited to see what new great ideas and partnerships are generated out of this community event.”


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