“In Canada and the United States, … numerous initiatives are under way to promote active aging and quell rising rates of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses among older people.”
—Marilynn Larkin, MA, fitness professional and medical writer and editor
This year, the theme of National Senior Health & Fitness Day (Wednesday, May 30) is Make Every Day a Fitness Day. Research over the past year by a coalition of national organizations ( “The National Blueprint: Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults Aged 50 and Older” ) has clarified even further that lifestyle choices in the area of physical activity are the number one predictor of aging well. In addition to the benefits of improved cardiovascular health, strength, balance, and flexibility in regard to functional fitness, the impact on reducing chronic illness can be measured in real dollars and real time.
The most successful transitions for inactive or under-active adults occur when all the factors that contribute to success, benefits, and maintenance of the lifestyle changes are in place. The most critical are:
A safe and accurate physical activity prescription that meets the unique needs of the individual.
A functional assessment (initially and ongoing) that measures all the components of wellness for each participant.
A balanced program that includes safe and effective endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility components.
In group-based physical activity, a qualified instructor who provides training and supervision.
Support through the transition process from professionals and peers.
Touchmark is committed to providing opportunities for physical activity choices that will enhance the quality of life and function for each resident.