Healthy Living for Boomers & Beyond

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

“We want people to come, relax, learn and not act their age,” say organizers of Healthy Living for Boomers and Beyond.

Sponsored by Finger Lakes Health, ProAction Office for the Aging in Yates County, and Yates County Public Health, the program is planned Thursday, April 28, 5 to 7 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, 418 North Main St., Penn Yan.

Healthy Living for Boomers and Beyond will offer unique, fun, interactive activities focusing on ways to stay forever young, fit and active.

Attendees will be able to attend three of four mini-workshops, as well as visit interactive stations and enjoy healthy snacks, as part of the event.

Workshops include: Maintain your Brain®, Step Into Fitness, Oh My Aching Back, and Strange Times Requiring Equally Silly Solutions.

Maintain your brain

Nanette Friedman, Education Coordinator for the Learning Institute™ with the Alzheimer’s Association in Rochester, will present Maintain Your Brain® focusing on how one’s lifestyle can affect his or her brain health.

Step Into Fitness

Step Into Fitness, presented by Sheree L. LaMountain, RN, BSN, CEN, Employee Health Clinic Nurse for Finger Lakes Health, will provide easy ways and simple tools to help attendees take small steps toward fitness. Participants will learn how to exercise while doing activities of daily living; simple stretches while relaxing; get active with a balance ball; or kick it up with a Wii dance program.

Oh My Aching Back

Mary Grabbatin, MSPT, GCS, Long Term Care Rehab Coordinator for Finger Lakes Health, will present Oh My Aching Back. The workshop will focus on good body mechanics, protecting oneself while lifting, and maintaining good posture. Participants will be able to practice safe lifting techniques and participate in a posture screening.

Stress Management

Strange Times Requiring Equally Silly Solutions, will offer a light-hearted approach to the serious issue of stress management. Presented by John Allard, Clinical Therapist, John D. Kelly Behavioral Health Center, the workshop will give some insight into how to handle the changing challenges in life and learn to laugh at the same time.

Healthy Living for Boomers and Beyond will start with attendees getting a pedometer at the door and starting their fitness program by walking to the area where the workshops will be presented.

Interactive stations also will be set up for attendees to visit before, in between and after the workshops. They include a Balance Station with Tom DelPapa, DPT, Oupatient Rehab Coordinator for Finger Lakes Health; a Driver Reaction Test Station with John Lorenzetti, OTR, Driver Rehabilitation Specialist with Finger Lakes Health; Healthy Snack Stations with Barbara J. McGuffie, BS, CDN, Eat Smart New York Nutrition Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension – Yates Association, and a Personal Trainer Station with Snap Fitness trainers Brenda Hill and Bert Fehrenbach.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to dress comfortably and to register by April 21 via email at boomerswellness@gmail.com or by calling 315-536-5515 during regular business hours.