Each year hosts organizations deliver a multitude of events and activities to celebrate Active Aging Week. They spread positive messages of aging, energizing their communities with experiences that fit their populations and foster well-being and growth. And, in 2014, spread the message they did.
The theme for Active Aging Week 2014, “Let the adventure begin,” proved to be a kick-starter. From biplane rides to culinary adventures, the weeklong observance afforded opportunities aplenty for older adults to explore life’s possibilities. Participants reaped the benefits with fun, educational wellness experiences that fostered quality of life.
Here are a few success stories shared by host organizations.
Westminister Village: Guiness World Record
At Westminster Village in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, Active Aging Week 2014 had an adventurous goal: Set a new Guinness World Record for the number of people participating in a chair exercise class. Individuals gathered at the community’s main entrance on September 22 for the 40-minute class. As requested, they brought cans of food to use as weights during the class and to donate afterwards to the local food bank. More than 760 lbs. of food were collected at the event. In the end, the Westminster Village group numbered 481 people--smashing the existing record (384) by almost 100 people. Class participants ranged in age from 3 to 98 years, with residents, family members, friends and community members uniting to break the record, says Jordan Morrow, Health and Wellness Service Director. “It was truly a team effort to pull off this amazing feat,” Morrow emphasizes. Each participant received a free T-shirt, as well as an official certificate from Guinness World Records.
Other success stories
Masonic Homes of Kentucky
Highgate Senior Living
Kerby Centre for the 55+