Athletes at any age: residents’ advice for staying fit and active
Who said retirement was a time to start slowing down? Many of our inspiring Holiday Retirement residents stay active and physically fit even past the century mark. Whether they’re playing golf with family members or swimming laps at the local YMCA, we have three residents from Holiday communities across the country who keep their bodies in tip-top shape no matter their age!
Hitting the links
Eighty-six-year-old Jack Chimerofsky of Holiday Retirement’s Standiford Place has been playing golf for more than 66 years. An active sportsman since his early 20s, Jack’s golf game over the years has even seen a hole-in-one!
“The key to a long, healthy and fulfilling life is to keep yourself mentally young, staying active and eating healthy,” said Jack. “Competing with family members for fun also makes things a little more interesting, too.”
Jack’s obsession with sports extends beyond the golf course, as he is quite the racquetball and baseball player as well. Two years ago, Jack even beat stage-four cancer and was back on the baseball field only two months after treatment and a right knee reconstruction. Keep swinging, Jack!
Take a few laps
When Bonny Rogers isn’t at her home at Holiday Retirement’s Madrona Hills, you can probably find her in the pool at the local YMCA. Bonny is an avid swimmer and tries to swim every Tuesday and Thursday for at least two hours each trip. “I lived on a little lake in Missouri when I first got married, and once we had kids, we moved to an even bigger lake,” said Bonny. “Swimming has always been a part of our lives. I used to bring the baby bathtub to the dock and let my daughters splash around while I swam nearby. Now one of them drives me to the pool every week!”
Dog walker extraordinaire
Ed Arnold has no shortage of ways to stay active at Holiday Retirement’s Point Defiance Village. Ed stays fit by helping his fellow residents with small projects around the Washington independent senior living community, as well as walking neighbors’ dogs well into the evening (his last appointment is at 11 p.m.).
“You have to be physically active,” advises Ed. “Being a [former] funeral director, I don’t want to go as soon as some of my clients did early in life. I want to beat the odds and live beyond my allotted time, and I know being active is a huge part of making that happen.”
Ed also paints benches in his spare time, having already painted 22 benches with 10 more on the way. Talk about a walk in the park!
Holiday Retirement offers a full schedule of activities and events designed to keep residents active and engaged. Get in touch with us today if the Holiday lifestyle might be right for you or a loved one!