Lake Prince Woods celebrates active aging

Published 8:52 pm Tuesday, September 16, 2014

National Active Aging Week will be celebrated at Lake Prince Woods retirement community next week with a focus on fitness, healthy eating and creativity.

Activities are taking place at the community, 100 Anna Goode Way, on Monday through Friday, Sept. 22-26. All the events are open to the public, although reservations are requested.

“It’s a week set aside to celebrate older adults and promote the benefits of leading a healthy, active lifestyle,” said Susan Stone, director of development and public relations for Lake Prince Woods.

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She said the community has been celebrating the week since 2009, when the activity was called “Walk Your Age.” Participants were asked to walk the number of steps corresponding to the year in which they were born, Stone said.

In other years, classes such as photography and genealogy have been taught, she said.

This year, ways to keep your mind and body sharp will be discussed, Stone said.

On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, chair exercise will be held at 9 a.m., with stretch and tone at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

On Tuesday, Katelin Kight will teach a do-it-yourself class on scented soaps, lotion and lip balm at 11 a.m.

On Wednesday, Chef Jermaine Woodard will share information on nutrition and making good food choices at 11:30 a.m.

On Thursday at 2 p.m., a member of the rehab staff will present information on wellness. And on Friday, Ross Reitz from Sentara Obici Hospital will talk about different kinds of stroke, ways to prevent and treat stroke and what to do if you think you or someone you know is having a stroke.

Stone said the residents of Lake Prince Woods “certainly embody Active Aging Week.”

“We are very pleased that we do have such an active population who lives at Lake Prince Woods,” she added.

Call 925-5514 to reserve a space for Tuesday’s creativity class, and call 923-5504 to reserve a space for Wednesday’s healthy eating class.

For more information about any of the other classes, call 923-5500.