Getting senior adults up and moving will be the goal Wednesday at Reunion Plaza Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Reunion Plaza will be joining other senior centers across the nation in celebrating the 24th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day.
"We are a wellness-driven center, so this something we put a focus on every year. We want to celebrate anything that has to do with senior fitness and health," said Tammy Bugbee, regional wellness coordinator for Reunion Plaza.
The theme of the event this year is "Where there is movement, there is improvement."
A number of events are scheduled for that day, said Cynthia Moore, life enrichment coordinator for Reunion Plaza.
Activities will start at 10 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., there will be a "Shake Rattle and Roll/Jazzercise" class which includes chair dancing to Latin music with shakers, streamers, and scarves.
At 2 p.m., there will be a "Shake-it-up & Keep the Beat Drum line." Each resident will be given an instrument to play. Different genres of music will be sampled. This activity will feature students from Texas A&M University-Texarkana.
The participation of the college students is important, Bugbee said.
At 3 p.m., there will be "Music and Movement with Terry Gaither." This live entertainment is guaranteed to get the residents out of their seats and onto their feet, Bugbee said.
"It takes that gap away and gets the younger generations involved. They can see our seniors as people," she said.
Things wind down at 3 p.m. with healthy smoothies provided by Legacy Hospice.
Senior adults from other facilities and senior centers are invited to attend. The event is free. Reunion Plaza is located at 1401 Hampton Road, Texarkana Texas.
The planned events are in cooperation with Lifetime Wellness, a provider of wellness support services and recreational activities to Reunion Plaza. The participants will be among an estimated 100,000 seniors across the country. The activities are designed to promote active, healthy lifestyles through physical fitness, hydration, good nutrition and preventative care. "This is an opportunity to encourage the younger generation to become active," said Susan McKinney, vice president of operations for Lifetime Wellness. "You don't have to necessarily be a senior to improve from this kind of event."
National Senior Health & Fitness Day is always held on the last Wednesday in May in support of Older Americans Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. For more information about National Senior Health & Fitness Day, visit www.FitnessDay.com.