According to Sue Bohnsack, Recreation Supervisor at the Eden Prairie Senior Center, it’s never too late to maintain your ability and to stay in shape. Staying in shape maximizes one’s opportunities for social involvement and a high quality of life. The Eden Prairie Senior Center has lots of activities geared to individuals of varying abilities. Here are just a few of the things they offer: biking club, walking club, golf, pickleball, Zumba, yoga, tai chi, and bocce ball. They also partner with the Community Center for swimming, and physical fitness activities. So, is there an athlete in each of us, just waiting to be discovered? Yes! Just ask Sue and she will help you get started in the right direction.
Speaking of athletes, a great event is just around the corner, the Minnesota Senior Games, which will be held August 2 – 9. They’re looking for athletes to participate as well as volunteers. It’s not too late to get involved!
Registration for the Minnesota Senior Games is now open. The 2014 Minnesota Senior Games, featuring 21 medal sports for athletes over the age of 50, will be held August 2 – 9 in Bloomington, Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The state games are a qualifying event for the National Senior Games presented by Humana scheduled to take place in Minnesota in 2015.
The mission of the state and national games are to promote health and wellness to all aging Americans. Individuals and/or teams are encouraged to sign up, train and participate in a variety of sports, including: 5k race, 10k race, archery, badminton, basketball, billiards, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. To qualify, participants must be 50 years old as of December 31, 2014. The Minnesota State Senior Games are open to out-of-state residents. The top four athletes in each age group (these are in five year increments) for each event will qualify to participate in the National Games next year, which will be held in Minnesota. If you think you’re too old to get involved, think again. The oldest participants in the Senior Games have been over 100 years old!
The National Senior Games is the largest multi-sport event in the world for adults 50 and over with an expected 12,000 athletes competing and 30,000 guests attending. Competitions will take place July 3 – 16, 2015 at various venues throughout Bloomington, Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
July 21st is the deadline to register online for the Minnesota Senior Games that will be held this summer. If you want to be involved and don’t want to compete, volunteers are needed too! Visit mnseniorgames.com to get more information, register as an athlete, or sign up to volunteer in this summer’s Senior Games.
Submitted by EPPIA Members:
Holly Hansen, Senior Partner at www.BrilliantMovesMN.com
EPPIA is a networking group whose members are committed to the welfare of seniors in our community. EPPIA meets five times a year to exchange information and problem solve in the field of aging. For more information on EPPIA please visit our website at www.edenprairieaging.org.