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Prevention Presents: Seniors Staying Active

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Seniors Staying Active
Carrie Dowling, OCPSII, LCDCIII, CTTS
Assistant Manager, Prevention Education

At Harbor, we are pleased to be closing-in on our second year offering WISE (Wellness Initiative for Senior Education)! WISE is an evidence based, 6 week education and wellness program, offered at local senior centers and senior living facilities. Thanks to a continued grant through Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, Harbor has served over 500 seniors since 2014.

Many times, all we hear about aging are the negatives about growing older, but not in the WISE program! In WISE, we discuss that this stage of life can bring many benefits and our participants report having more time to enjoy hobbies, spend time with family and friends, or just relax.

Here are some fun ways our participants are enjoying their senior years:

Gardening - Not only can it be therapeutic to play in the dirt, it can reap a harvest of healthy, delicious vegetables and beautiful flowers to enjoy all summer long!

Crocheting, Knitting, or Sewing - These activities can be very relaxing and produce beautiful gifts for family and friends or to be donated to charity. Some senior centers offer crocheting and knitting groups, so this can become a social activity as well.

Spend time with grandchildren - A trip to the zoo, picnic lunch, or scavenger hunt are great ways to spend an afternoon together.

Get out in nature - We are lucky to have so many amazing metroparks in the Toledo area. Lace up your walking shoes and explore!

Move your body - Many of our seniors love to dance! They enjoy everything from line dancing to Zumba. Water aerobics is another favorite.

Day trips - Enjoy a day of eating, shopping, and sightseeing! In Toledo, we are only a couple of hours away from Frankenmuth, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, or the Short North in Columbus, just to name few.  Most senior centers offer inexpensive excursions with a group.

This list is only the beginning, and you certainly don't need to be a senior to enjoy these fun activities. The WISE program can come to you! If you are interested in hosting the WISE program, please contact Carrie Dowling at 419-214-3820 ext. 2839.

 

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National Prevention Week 2017
Dee Washington, M.Ed. OCPS I
Manager, Prevention Education

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