Just because you’re older, doesn’t mean you have an excuse to give up on physical activity and exercise. In fact, moving around could be the best remedy for what might ail you.
Experts agree that staying physically active and exercising regularly can produce long-term health benefits and even improve health for some older people who already have diseases and disabilities. Because of this, older adults should aim to be as active as possible.
That’s a major goal behind the Rockingham County Senior Games and SilverArts. Part of a state-wide initiative that began in 1983, this program is a holistic approach to keeping the body, mind and spirit fit while enjoying the company of friends, family, spectators and volunteers.
The Senior Games gives adults 50 years and better the opportunity to participate in a wide range of both individual and team activities including running, walking, badminton, horseshoes, golf, table tennis, swimming, archery and more.
In conjunction with the Games, there’s also SilverArts, which offers participants a way to flex their creative muscles through literary, visual, heritage and performing arts. Categories include everything from basket weaving and quilting to photography and writing.
“There’s truly something for everyone,” says Jessica Camp, the coordinator of the Games and Senior Recreation Specialist with the Madison-Mayodan Recreation Department and Senior Center.
Last year, Camp says that approximately 350 seniors participated in over 30 different events. “We are looking forward to an even greater success at this year’s event,” she adds.
The senior centers of Eden, Madison-Mayodan, Reidsville and Wentworth work together to produce this weeks-long event, which starts on Tuesday, April 18 and ends with the awards ceremony on Saturday, May 13.
Event registration is currently underway. Online registration is $7 and $10 for mail-in and walk-ins. Extra fees are charged for archery, bowling and golf.
To register online, visit torch.ncseniorgames.org. Registration packets are available at these locations: Madison-Mayodan Recreation Department and Senior Center, Reidsville Senior Center, Garden of Eden Senior Center and the Center for Active Retirement.
Opening Ceremonies for the Games will be held Tuesday, April 18 at the Madison-Mayodan Recreation Department. Games are scheduled to run through May 8.
The Performing Arts Show and Awards Ceremony will be at Morehead High School in Eden on Saturday, May 13.
For more information, call your local Senior Center or check out Facebook at Rockingham County Senior Games.