Ardenwoods celebrated Active Aging Week, October 3-9 by showcasing the positive process of aging. Residents participated in activities like water volleyball, finger looping, storytelling, and a Baker’s Showcase among other fun and engaging events.
Active Aging Week started in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging® to celebrate the contributions of older adults in society, and promote the benefits of a more active lifestyle as people age. This year’s celebration focuses on wellness and promoting activities that help generate a sense of well-being for whole-person health.
Melanie and Jimmy Hensley joined in a pet blessing ceremony with their dog, Sasha. Pet blessing coincides with the traditional Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi and promotes the blessing of pets and animals.
Anna Echter tried her hand at finger looping. Similar to knitting or crochet, finger looping uses a special type of yarn that allows crafters to create knitted-type items without using traditional knitting needles or hooks. “I love finger looping,” said Echter. “It’s an easy and fun activity, and lets me talk with my friends while we knit”.
Water volleyball was also a big hit with the residents. “Not only is water volleyball a great way to get some exercise, but offers lessons in teambuilding and problem solving”, said instructor Liz Ridley. Water volleyball is a great low-impact exercise, and a way to foster some pleasant competition among friends.
While Ardenwoods promotes the concept of active aging all year long, Active Aging Week is a great time for residents to try new opportunities, exercises, and pastimes. Kari Schrader, Ardenwoods’ Community Life Services Director, encourages residents to learn more about the opportunities available to stay active and engaged with the community.