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Our goal at Active Aging Fitness is to help you age actively!  We are always developing, learning & sharing fitness, wellness and nutritional programs to help you improve your quality of life.

At Active Aging Fitness, we strive to deliver more than just fitness solutions.  We believe that to be truly “Fit” you must “actively age” in all dimensions of your life.  We focus on the 8 Dimensions of Wellness (Physical, Spiritual, Emotional, Social, Financial, Vocational, Environmental and Intellectual). No matter what your age, whether you’re 21, 101 or somewhere in between, these critical eight areas of your life play a part in your overall “Fitness & Wellness”.  And to achieve an active aging state in each will produce an amazing quality of life for you as well as spill over into those you interact with.

We hope ActiveAgingFitness.com can help you achieve your Fitness and Wellness goals whatever they may be.  There is no goal too small or too large for you to set for yourself and work to achieve.  Luckily all journeys large and small begin simply with the 1st step you take.  Active Aging Fitness is here to help you every step of the way!

Active Aging Fitness Spotlight…

Real People, Making Real Changes to achieve Real Results!

Sy PerlisDan OlsonComing Soon
Our active aging fitness spotlight is shining on Bench Press World Record holder and Sun City Grand resident Sy Perlis. Sy broke the world bench press record for the 90-and-over age division several times on June 13, 2013. Sy works out 5 days at week at Sun City Grand and is a true example of Active Aging personified.

Video of Sy Perlis Breaking the Bench Press World Record on June 13, 2013.

Michele,  here is a recent article I wrote for our church newsletter . . .  maybe this will prompt some ideas as we work on your project.   Other things I have done to work on golf, new thick grips on my golf clubs  — helps my weak fingers,  hybrid clubs instead of irons —  heavier heads helps contact and distance,  moved up to the shorter tee boxes,  EXERCISE !!!

REFLECTIONS AND RECOLLECTIONS

BY DAN OLSON, AUTHOR OF “AFRICAN SAND IN MY SANDALS”

LIFE AFTER PARKINSON’S

Shortly after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), my golf game began to “go south.”  I don’t know where that term originated.  I just know golfers use it to describe a golf game that has gotten worse.  Why should the SOUTH take the blame for missed putts, scuffed chips, and errant drives? It is easier to blame a disease that takes away one’s coordination.  I did just that.   Golf was and is important to me.  It was one of the things I looked forward to in retirement.  It’s not unusual for me to play 54 holes in a typical week.   Being out in the sunlight, enjoying my golf friends, getting exercise — these are not only activities of enjoyment, they are activities of therapy.  I never was a great golfer but I was pretty good. Then PD came along to wriggle my putting stroke, to make walking a pain, to take away concentration, to struggle with fatigue, to slip from the low 80s to 110, to create frustration — in a word or two, the game went “south.”   Then a brother said to me, “You know, Dan, there is life after golf.”   Of course there is, but I didn’t want to hear that.  I was on the edge of depression. “It’s only a game,” friends said, and I agreed, but that didn’t mean I liked it.   I walked down many paths of healing — a personal trainer at the fitness center, a medical massage therapist, an acupuncturist, and a neurologist.  Writing helped me on the path of therapy.   I read, I studied, I listened to lectures, I talked with others who share the disease.  In the middle of my malaise, I had successful back surgery.   I share my story as a way of helping you who may be struggling with PD — and your caregivers.  Three “tools” I have found helpful in the struggle:

1.  Exercise.  I’ve tried to make exercise an enjoyment — golf with a group of friends, and socializing at the Adobe Fitness Center.  Others have found other activities helpful — support groups, the Tremble Clef Choir, etc.

2.  Medication.  A recent addition to my “cocktail” of pills has given me renewed vitality and increased coordination (not to mention a better golf swing.)

3.  Prayer.  I seek in prayer a recognition of the blessing of family members and the great “cloud of witnesses” who regularly ask, “How are you doing?”  Thank you for walking beside me.  This is a slice of my story. Your story will be different.  For you and me and our caregivers, the Spirit knows our struggle and our joy and gives us strength.

Thanks be to God!

Dan

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