-By Vanessa Snyder, Fitness Coordinator, The Village At Penn State
Aging is a beautiful thing. One of the most beautiful things about getting older is enjoying your life to its fullest and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. At The Village at Penn State, our residents enjoy life and love keeping their bodies healthy and active. The Village recently celebrated this with Active Aging Week, September 23 to September 27! The Village at Penn State, and Liberty Lutheran’s two other senior communities, Paul’s Run and Artman, planned an entire week of activities and events to honor older adults and encourage them to stay active, healthy and engaged in their communities.
The Village kicked-off Active Aging week with an event called “Farm to Table.” Residents traveled to a local State College home and learned how to cook healthy meals for two. They also learned how to incorporate all the foods of a specific season in a meal. The menu consisted of raspberry lemonade, broccoli and cauliflower salad, pumpkin soup, egg plant parmesan and a fresh fruit tart. All of the items served were organic and made with all natural ingredients.
Resident Laura Mitchell said, “This was just a great event and different. We’ve never done anything like this before and I really enjoyed learning about how to make meals healthier. It’s nice to see other ways to make things.”
As Fitness Coordinator at The Village, I wanted this event to show residents it doesn’t take much time to make a healthy meal and it’s good to incorporate lots of fruits and veggies into a dish to get the proper nutrition the body needs to function and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Later in the week we held a fitness and trivia scavenger hunt. Residents were broken into teams of three or four and given 13 different items to find throughout The Village campus. Residents “scavenged” for about an hour, for things like the Penn State Nittany Lion, our CEO’s signature, an orange maple leaf, the PSU kinesiology intern, a specific sentence from a novel and many more.
“I was shocked by how much of a workout I got from this hunt. I was sweating!” said stated resident Helen Manfull. “I ran so fast to find my team’s items. It was a great way to start my day and I was so happy I was able to participate in such a fun event,” she added.
Judging by our residents’ enthusiasm and participation, Active Aging week was a huge success at The Village, as well as Liberty’s other senior communities – Paul’s Run and Artman. I, too, had a great time celebrating the residents’ fit lifestyles by educating them on how to eat healthy and how to stay active.
About The Village at Penn State
The Village at Penn State, founded in 2003, officially joined the non-profit Liberty Lutheran’s family of services in June 2012. A nationally recognized university-based, non-profit retirement community in State College, Pa., VPS provides a continuum of living options for adults 62-plus, including independent, personal care and skilled nursing services on site. Residents of VPS experience unique access to Penn State’s educational classes, cultural programs and sporting events, as well as many other opportunities through its proximity to the University.
About Liberty Lutheran
Incorporated in 2001 and headquartered in Ambler, Pa., the non-profit human services organization, Liberty Lutheran, with its more than 25 locations and combined service history of 300 years, faithfully provides vital resources to individuals and families facing life-changing situations. These individualized services include independent and assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, hospice care, in-home supports, wellness services, children and family services, integration services for immigrants and political refugees, and disaster response. Liberty Lutheran’s team of dedicated employees serves individuals and families through their family of services in Eastern Pennsylvania, including Artman Lutheran Home, Paul’s Run Retirement Community, Liberty at Home, Lutheran Children and Family Services, Lutheran Congregational Services, Mary J. Drexel Home, and The Village at Penn State. www.libertylutheran.org