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Older Americans Month

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

Helping them stay healthy and active, Camden Clark Health and Wellness Center held an open house Wednesday to celebrate 'Older Americans Month' Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow.

From a healthy cooking demonstration to chair massages to body fat and BMI screenings, this year's focus is injury prevention.

Recognizing the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions to our community.

Brent Wilhelm of Parkersburg appreciates the support.

“Just seeing the people that are out and being able to share with people what is available,” he says. “How you don't have to be a weight lifter, we usually are past that point -- but we like to maintain our flexibility, just overall health.”

Edie Grewell of Vienna says the event was a good opportunity to stop in.

“I think it's important for senior citizens to be fit. I think we'll be happier, perhaps even live longer,” she says. “You can go to all the classes, you don't have to call and make a reservation; you just show up and there's tai chi and yoga and every fitness level."

And over at the Marietta YMCA, Membership Director Jessica Cline says they're honoring older adults by allowing them to bring a guest for free for the week, enjoying a barbecue luncheon today and a senior health fair tomorrow.

The Y is more than a place to exercise, they build friendships and community.

President Kennedy first selected May 1963 as 'Senior Citizens Month.'

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter changed the name to 'Older Americans Month,' with 92 million people 65 and older expected by 2060.


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