Celebrating senior activityAnnual Forever in motion Jamboree expects strong showing from seniors
By Susan Alder and Jose Chincilla
|Coordinators of the Forever in motion Jamboree are preparing for over 500 seniors to bend, stretch, and splash at the Maples Community Centre on Thursday, June 19. |
Back for its third year, the Forever in motion Jamboree for older adults will feature new activities including adaptive golf, armchair Pilates, and water exercise! The new venue, Maples Community Centre at 434 Adsum Drive, is an ideal location to host the event with the appropriate space, pool and other facilities perfect for hosting the jamboree’s many diverse activities.
"It’s a great day for older adults looking for fun ways to maintain activity or become more active," Jim Dear, Winnipeg in motion Coordinator said. "Sometimes, barriers including lack of time, lack of skills, lack of an activity buddy or even not realizing the benefits of activity make it difficult to stay active."
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|It’s true - many older adults aren’t as active as they need to be and it is increasingly important to find fun ways to encourage older adults to be active. According to a recent in motion Survey, approximately 36 per cent of women and 47per cent of men between the ages of 65 and 80 aren’t active enough for good health. After the age of 80, the number of inactive adults rises to more than 60 per cent. |
Winnipeg in motion is a community-wide collaboration that encourages all Winnipeggers to be physically active for health, well-being and enjoyment. "We strive to find fun new activities each year for the jamboree to encourage and educate older adults about ways to get in motion," Dear added.
Daniel Heinrichs, a member of Age and Opportunity, agrees. While watching activities and listening to the music at last year’s jamboree, one of the jamboree volunteers asked him to dance. "I had not danced in years and it was so much fun!" Heinrichs recalled.
Frances Mrowka, Volunteer Ambassador for Age and Opportunity, spoke to many participants at last year’s event about the services and programs Age and Opportunity offers. She plans to attend again this year. "My favourite part is the entertainment," Mrowka said, "its fantastic!"
The event will be held rain or shine, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 19. Information about event activities is available at Senior Centres throughout the city or by calling Winnipeg in motion at 940-3648.
Click on images below to see what we have in store for the day!
Winnipeg in motion and its coordinating partners, the University of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Manitoba in motion are committed to sharing their knowledge and expertise to support communities in developing physical activity strategies that promote the health of their citizens.
Susan Alder is a Coordinator for the Downtown Seniors Council and Jose Chincilla is a Centre Facilitator for Age & Opportunity. Both are organizing committee members for the Forever in motion Jamboree