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Record Marathon…at 91

Last Sunday, a woman set an official international record marathon time at the Rock N’ Roll Marathon, right here in San Diego! No, this woman did not win the race. Perhaps though, the record she set was more impressive than the actual winner. Harriet Thompson, a 91 year old, shattered the women’s record for those aged 90 and up by over two hours! Mrs. Thompson finished the race in just over 7 hours. For anyone to finish a grueling 26.2 mile challenge is incredible. However, to be 91 and battling cancer is so just inspiring.

I’m certain Harriet’s record time will be broken in the very near future by some other super senior out in the world.  Records are meant to be broken and that is why I love this story. No matter the challenge; physical, emotional or mental, senior’s today are pushing the bar and achieving milestones never thought to be possible years ago. We are in the beginning stages of seeing an entire generation of seniors and even centenarians carrying out their lives as though they were young. Because of this mindset, the contributions our elderly will bring to the world will be invaluable. Harriet’s record time goes well beyond just an impressive race medal. She raised money for cancer and inspired the world that anything is possible, no matter one’s age.

For more on Harriet Thompson’s story, please see the link below.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/02/318238155/91-year-old-woman-breaks-marathon-record

When Older People Walk Now, They Stay Indepedent Later

Successful aging is the new craze. Our society is experiencing a massive influx of seniors. These individuals and our culture want to know how to age well. A critical component of successful aging is the freedom from physical disability. With that being said, earlier this week, the journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), published a report stating that those in their 70’s and 80’s, who dedicate about 20 minutes a day to walking, were less likely to become disabled later on in life compared to a group that focused their attention on successful aging classes.

Unfortunately, many older adults are unable to get their needed daily walk. Some of the barriers preventing older adults to get out and walk might be:

  • Preexisting physical injury
  • Lack of confidence to walk alone without risk of fall
  • Unsafe walking paths within one’s community
  • Lack of motivation to exercise

Our goal at Seacrest at Home is to help assist our clients feel comfortable and to age well. Often, our Home Care Associates go on walks with our clients, to promote exercise and provide the security that a companion is there to supervise. More and more research is continually coming out on the importance of walking. Please share and encourage your friends and family to get out and walk. And, if they need a little help or motivation to do so, call Seacrest at Home!

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