Healthy aging topic for Senior Spirit
Dr. Valerie Myers of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center spoke about healthy aging at the West Baton Rouge Senior Spirit’s fourth anniversary celebration on Sept. 4 at the WBR Community Center in Port Allen.
Myers’ tips included to eat healthy, move more, quit smoking, see a doctor regularly, be alert, be safe when drinking alcohol, stay connected and evaluate bone health.
“Components to successful aging include avoiding disease, engagement with life and maintaining high cognitive and physical function,” Myers said. “How much you do or how active you are has a great impact on how healthy you are.”
WBR Parish President Riley “PeeWee” Berthelot provided an update on recent hurricane response efforts in the parish. WBR Senior Spirit activity leaders recognized were: Shirley Guidry and Carolyn Blanchard, aerobics; Dianne Martin, yoga; Jane Brou and Callie Smith, hand and foot canasta; Evelyn Clouatre, pokeno; Catherine Blanchard, potluck suppers and Dutch-treat lunches; Joan Sharon, quilting; Lucy Landry, group trips and daytime bourre; and Babs Babin, bridge, nighttime bourre and communications.
WBR Senior Spirit activities are offered to seniors 50 and older through the collaboration of the Town of Brusly, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, West Baton Rouge Parish Library and West Baton Rouge Parish Parks and Recreation Department.
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