Portland older adults gain inspiration from ChangingAging Tour stop
Live music and storytelling from one of the country's most innovative minds in aging emanated from downtown Portland's Winningstad Theatre May 1 as Dr. Bill Thomas, chief wellness officer for Holiday Retirement and a world-renowned authority on geriatric medicine, hosted Holiday residents and community members at the 2017 ChangingAging Tour stop.
Residents and staff from Holiday Retirement's Astor House at Springbrook Oaks were in attendance for a performance that aimed to disrupt the way Americans think about growing older. Both performances, Disrupt Dementia and Life's Most Dangerous Game, offered a unique approach to aging and showcased Dr. Thomas' expertise as one of the most forward-thinking voices in the movement that champions active aging for seniors.
“Our residents had a wonderful time at the performances,” said Craig Major, bus driver at Astor House. “Dr. Thomas’ outlook on aging really made them think a little bit.”
James Beus, enrichment coordinator for Astor House, echoed the sentiment. “Dr. Thomas used language and acronyms that helped our residents put everything in perspective — like MESH (move, eat, sleep, heal),” said Beus. “He said everyone should move today like they want to move in 20 years, and really helped put everything in perspective for our seniors.”
Holiday residents are encouraged to enjoy vibrant, fulfilling lifestyles, and our partnership with the 2017 ChangingAging Tour is one way Holiday shows our residents the benefits of active aging.
Interested in learning about some of our current Holiday residents who have taken Dr. Thomas’ message on active aging to heart? See how our residents are proving why age should never hold you back.