Get Moving, Age Healthy

Free Lecture Encourages Senior Activity for Healthy Aging

Friday, February 7, 2020 | Healthy Aging
Learn how simple daily activity can help support mobility, flexibility, strength, and balance during a free, interactive lecture. The Bayhealth PACE Program will present a lecture called “Get Moving, Age Healthy” on Wednesday, March 4 from 4-5 p.m. at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus, Pavilion 2. Registration is not required.

Bayhealth Educator Dan Wagner will explain how to create an activity plan as well as the benefits of daily activity, including opportunities to develop social connections. Wagner offers low-cost and free suggestions that include joining a gym. A small monthly gym membership fee offers not only a choice of daily exercise, but also a place to make new acquaintances. “Social connections help us keep each other accountable,” Wagner said.

“It’s important for people to educate themselves before going to the gym, to learn the basics, how to do things properly,” he said. The class will also include information on reliable websites, and how to use apps and smart phone features for monitoring and accountability.

Even daily dog walking, Wagner explained, provides companionship plus an opportunity to move outdoors and boost daily activity.

The PACE Program—PACE stands for Promoting Active Community Engagement. PACE is for anyone in Bayhealth’s service area who is interested in healthier living, but is especially designed for people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, COPD, and depression, those at risk for heart attack and stroke, and those dealing with tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse.

The program includes monthly clinics with individualized counseling from a registered nurse based on each participant’s health problems, medications, and blood pressure, as well as quarterly lectures.

Clinics are held monthly from 9-11 a.m. on designated dates in Dover, Lincoln and Milford.

Lectures, such as the March 4 event, are held quarterly, and examples of topics include arthritis, healthy cooking, and lung health.

PACE is free, registration is not required, and participants may invite others to join them.

For specific dates and locations, visit Bayhealth.org or call 302-744-7135.