Senior Carnival Supports Health

Courtesy photo    A participant in the Senior Health & Wellness Carnival wins the prize of increased mobility and wellness at one of the carnival games.

The annual Senior Health and Wellness Carnival took place July 31 at The Waters Edge Lodge on Bay Farm Island. The event drew seniors from Alameda and across the Bay Area. It featured games and activities designed to assess and improve seniors’ strength, wellness and capabilities for daily living.

Each carnival-themed activity was monitored by a health and wellness professional and played a specific role in measuring and providing feedback to the senior on their mobility, strength, accuracy, balance and cognition. Additionally, senior exercise class samplers in yoga, meditation, strength building, cardio and flexibility were offered. 

“As people age, some think they should take it easy and be less physical, but that’s not accurate. With consent of their doctors, exercise can lead to improved fitness, coordination, strength, balance and mood, and it doesn’t end there,” said Stephen Zimmerman, COO of AEC Living, a group of independently operated senior living communities and AES Therapy & Fitness, a Medicare-approved senior wellness and rehabilitation agency in Alameda. “Regular exercise can ward off symptoms of many chronic diseases and extend people’s lifespan.”