Articles on "Activities for Seniors"

April 13, 2016 7:29 pm


“I had a friend who was a great baseball player… back in high school.” – Bruce Springsteen, “Glory Days” Ah, high school: Strong body, sharp mind, quick reflexes. But, as they say, no one gets any younger. Before you know it, you’ve hit middle age: Senior moments, bad knees, failing eyesight. Some people don’t let that stop them, though, and they continue to live out their Glory Days. Madison-area men over 55 have banded together for the past six years […]

Friends and Neighbors–The Fountains at Washington House
April 30, 2014 3:41 pm

Friends and Neighbors–The Fountains at Washington House

By Christy Brudin Good friends and great neighbors are always there to lend a hand. That’s exactly what Carmen Callan was doing—helping a friend—when she found her ideal retirement community. As part of her search for a retirement community for her close friend, Ainsley, Carmen toured The Fountains at Washington House, a community offering independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing care in Alexandria, Va. When she walked into The Fountains, her search suddenly became much more personal. “I […]

October 24, 2013 6:55 pm

National PTA® and AARP Team Up

National PTA and AARP have teamed up to offer a complimentary one-year AARP membership to PTA members and loved ones age 50+. Through AARP membership, PTA members have access to important resources and substantial discounts on a wide range of products and services. “Families, including grandparents and other relatives, play a critical role in supporting children’s achievement and making a difference for the education, health and welfare for all youth,” said Otha Thornton, National PTA President. “We are excited to […]

Time to Connect–Seabury Resources for Aging
August 14, 2013 5:46 pm

Time to Connect–Seabury Resources for Aging

By Christy Brudin Whether you are forging a friendship or building a business, creating strong bonds is hard work. In a world filled with quick solutions and easy fixes, the act of building relationships still requires perseverance. Connecting takes time. Seabury Resources for Aging has been taking the time to connect with older adults in the greater Washington, D.C. area for nearly 90 years. The private, nonprofit organization focuses on providing personalized, affordable services and housing options to help older […]

August 1, 2013 12:55 pm

NPR Report: Senior Athletes Play New Games And Old

NPR Ina Jaffe reports on the addition of Pickleball to the National Senior Games this year, which are being held in Cleveland. Click to listen and read the story

June 24, 2013 1:29 pm

Drum Circles for Dementia – Washington Post Article

Washington Post article, Seniors with dementia express themselves, connect with others in drumming circle features an innovative program, The Beat Goes On, an organization that brings drum circles — more commonly associated with college campuses and hippie gatherings — to seniors. Read article  

Real Life Story — Don McPherson
May 20, 2013 6:31 pm

Real Life Story — Don McPherson

Canadian-born Don McPherson recalls skiing for the first time as a boy in Toronto’s High Park. “At that time, there were no lifts, no lessons – just a hill covered in snow,” said McPherson. In his late 50s, McPherson met a man skiing in the Rockies who was 80 years old. He recalled, “I thought, ‘I want to be able to ski when I’m 80,’ so I set that goal for myself.”  McPherson has reached that goal, and has no […]

Live or Visit! The Las Vegas Difference
December 31, 2012 5:16 pm

Live or Visit! The Las Vegas Difference

By Gabe Goldberg Retirement is by definition a time to “live differently”, trading lifelong habits and activities for new adventures. That transition offers new lifestyles and places to live, including areas never visited or considered. Perhaps surprisingly for non-gamers (gambling, that is, for which the city’s best known), Las Vegas is an ever-changing year-round grownup theme park, offering an astonishingly diverse mix of activities, entertainment, sightseeing, and — maybe surprisingly — relaxation. Living or visiting here likely offers more (and […]

December 17, 2012 7:23 pm

$1 Million Endowment for Mason’s Lifelong Learning Institute

A $1 million endowment gift from The Bernard Osher Foundation will support long-term operations at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at George Mason University. OLLI is an independent nonprofit organization affiliated with the university. “Education is a lifelong pursuit that has the power to elevate us, delight us and keep us connected to each other and to a larger world,” notes Osher Foundation President Mary G.F. Bitterman. OLLI programs at Mason reach more than 1,000 community members, mostly of […]

December 17, 2012 7:05 pm

Research: Wellness drives active-aging industry, consumer programs, products and services

New survey shows organizations serving adults 50+ committing major resources to formal wellness programs—and consumers demanding that they do so Goodbye, rows of rocking chairs on the porch. Hello, fitness centers, social clubs, walking trails and skills classes. The active-aging industry—that is, independent/active adult or life care retirement communities, seniors centers, health clubs, parks and recreation locations, rehab and therapy clinics, among other organizations serving older adults—is investing “big time” in wellness as a “principal means of increasing the life […]