Senior Health and Fitness Day Tomorrow!

As originally featured in the Patch by Carolyn Avery

Please join the 26th annual Senior Health & Fitness Day for seniors and their families on Wednesday, May 29th from 1pm to 3 pm at Mastick Senior Center at 1155 Santa Clara Ave. in Alameda. RSVP here.

This event is part of a nationwide celebration of senior fitness. An estimated 120,000 older adults across the country will be participating in local activities to help promote active, healthy lifestyles incorporating physical activity, good nutrition, and preventive care.

Experts will demonstrate how physical activity can be modified to accommodate age, physical limitations and conditions and make it enjoyable and easy to incorporate into daily life. Exercise has countless benefits for seniors, including improving heart health, strengthening bones and improving flexibility.

  • Increased balance and stability – Exercising regularly can help prevent falls. Falling can lead to major injuries like broken hips and other bones, exercise is a key component to improving balance.
  • Prevention of disease or chronic conditions – Exercising can delay and even help prevent diseases like diabetes, cancer, stroke, heart disease and osteoporosis.
  • Improving healing and body function – Regular exercise can decrease the time a wound may take to heal by 25 percent. Improving health can help fight off infection and helps make recovery from illness and injury easier.
  • Improved quality of life and increased life expectancy – Seniors who exercise can improve not just physical health but reap the psychological benefits of exercise as well. Exercise can help symptoms of depression and improve the mood in general.

This day not only provides games and exercises for the elderly but also an enormous amount of information regarding physical health and how exercise can help improve physical, mental and emotional health–and it’s really fun.

Come celebrate, learn, have fun, meet other seniors and enjoy the fair!

To RSVP, please visit

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